Peace Requires Conflict (a poem)

“I come not to bring peace, but a sword.”
-Matthew 10:34

Peace requires conflict
To freely speak dissenting
Be honest how you feel
Don’t just resort to venting

Respect is still required
When truth can start to hurt
Be tender with the other (as you’re)
Starting to assert

True peace isn’t passive
Won’t smile at a foe
It’s not just surface calmness (while the)
Violence swims below

Peace can take contending
There’ll likely be frustration
To work out the emotions
Reach differentiation

Peacemaking’s a process
A worthy kind of goal
It fosters healed relationships and
Freedom for your soul

“Conflict is the price we pay for true intimacy.”
-Dr. Les Parrot

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