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The Law of Love

Legalism Love (Divine) Reconciliation

Source: “Austrian court bans people from smoking IN THEIR OWN HOMES” By Thomas Burrows for MailOnline, PUBLISHED: 08:14 EST, 1 December 2016

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-03-19

Scripture: Galatians 5:14

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Thomas Burrows, with the Daily Mail, reports:

The highest court in Austria has said a resident cannot smoke on his balcony or with the windows open during set hours as it is disturbing his neighbor’s sleep ... 

A university professor, living in the Austrian capital, had filed the case after complaining about the smell coming from the flat below.

The court heard how the resident below enjoyed a cigar on his balcony during the summer, typically between midnight and 2am.

In the winter, he tended to smoke with the windows open in his apartment.

... The country's highest court said the resident cannot smoke outside or with the windows open between 10pm and 6am.

In the summer, he is also prohibited from smoking during 'eating times' - between 8am and 10am, midday and 3pm, and 6pm and 8pm.

The decision could have far-reaching effects on the country. 

APPLICATION

It’s amazing that a single dispute between neighbors could find no solution until it reached the highest court in the land.  Shouldn’t two people be able to work something like this out?  And even if they need help from an authoritative third party, should an entire nation be forced to comply to a new set of laws because two people refused to accommodate one another?

There is no end to the need for new laws when the hearts involved are unyielding and selfish.  By contrast, the end of the law is the love of Christ.  When God’s love is the guiding principle, there is no need for any other principle. Laws aimed at enforcing compliance over such trivial disputes become unnecessary.  It’s God’s love, not mans laws, that brings peace.

“For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Galatians 5:14).

The Prize of His Peace

Peace Reconciliation Politics

Source: “Zimbabwe's controversial president Mugabe wins China's version of Nobel Peace Prize” FoxNews.com, Published October 23, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-12-12

Scripture: John 14:27

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FOX NEWS provides the following report:

Zimbabwe's controversial president Robert Mugabe was awarded China's alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize Thursday for what the prize committee called his inspired national leadership and service to pan-Africanism.

The 91-year-old Mugabe is the latest in a series of critics of the West who have received the Confucius Peace Prize.

Under his rule, the government pushed a plan to acquire large parcels of land, many from white owners, to give to black farmers. When owners challenged the move in 2002, Mugabe reportedly called them "greedy, greedy colonials."

After fighting in a guerrilla war in the 1970s, Mugabe was elected president in 1980. He has been in power for 35 years with no clear successor.

Critics say he cracked down on opposition groups, sending many of their leaders to jail.

The prize committee defended its decision, saying Mugabe has "overcome difficulties of all kinds and has strongly committed himself to constructing his nation's political and economic order, while strongly supporting pan-Africanism and African independence."

The Confucius Peace Prize was first awarded in 2010, an angry response from Beijing over the granting of the Nobel Peace Prize to imprisoned Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo. Other recipients include former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and Russian President Vladimir Putin. None has traveled to claim the prize in person.

APPLICATION

Despite the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world continues to be divided along ideological lines. Nowhere is this more evident than in the way we award peace prizes. Clearly, the Confucius Peace Prize represents one ideology's response to another.  While such awards are supposed to promote peace, isn’t this really just another form of war, albeit ideological?

Thankfully, God offers us something better than the world's version of a “peace prize.” He offers us "the prize of His peace."  It’s a prize offered to everyone—no committees, no nominations, or politics involved. And rather than furthering the divide, it results in complete and eternal reconciliation between God and man, forming the basis of all other peace.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid“ (John 14:27).

Holocaust Survivor Adopts Grandson of Infamous Nazi

Adoption Reconciliation Legacy

Source: “How Grandson of Auschwitz Boss Is Trying to Remake Family Name” by NAFTALI BENDAVID and HARRIET TORRY, posted WALL STREET JOURNAL, Jan. 26, 2015

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Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-02-16

Scripture: Romans 9:25 ; Ephesians 1:5

Author: I E Staff / Brittany Kulick
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On January 27th, 2015, Auschwitz commemorated the 70th anniversary of its liberation by Allied Forces. In attendance was 49 yr old Rainer Hoess.

His name sends chills down the spines of Holocaust survivors. He is the grandson of one of history’s most notorious villains—Rudolf Hoess, commandant of the Nazi’s infamous Auschwitz concentration camp, where he was responsible for the murder of some 1.1 million Jews.

As a child, Rainer was largely shielded from his grandfather’s gruesome legacy, until he found a copy of his autobiography and read of the horrors perpetrated under his command. Rainer has now spent the past several decades trying to build a new legacy for the Hoess family name.

Rainer speaks regularly at schools and events, both public and private, decrying the evils of anti-Semitism and educating the public on the Holocaust and issues of human rights. In an effort to identify with his grandfather’s victims, he has tattooed the Star of David and the prisoner numbers of several Auschwitz survivors on his arms. He has personally sought out and requested audience with as many survivors as have been willing to meet with him, to express his support for them and his commitment to keep the memory of the Holocaust and its victims alive.

It was in that context that he sought out a meeting with Eva Mozes Kor, an Auschwitz survivor who lost her parents, two of her sisters, her grandparents, and several aunts and uncles at the hands of Rainer's grandfather. She and her twin sister, just ten years old at the time of their capture, were among only 200 sets of twins out of 1500 who survived the vicious “medical” experiments of the infamous “Angel of Death,” Dr. Josef Mengele.

Rainer had heard that Kor had long been advocating forgiveness and reconciliation. In fact, twenty years prior, at the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the camp, Kor was reported to have have written a letter stating, "I had the power to forgive. No one could give me the power, or take it away from me. I refused to be a victim, and now I am free."

She began corresponding with the younger Hoess and eventually agreed to meet him at Auschwitz.

They shared a common desire to educate people of the evils of the past and to help them forge a new future, sowing seeds of hope from despair. Through their interactions and meetings, they became friends, with Hoess even asking her to become his “adoptive” grandmother. Kor was only too happy to comply, joking with her own children that since they hadn’t given her any biological grandchildren of her own, she was “forced … to adopt the grandson of a Nazi."

APPLICATION

Of the formation of this unusual “family,” Brittany Kulick (writing for the Denison Forum on Truth and Culture) observes:

Adoption is one of those things that Christians love to love. We talk about how much God loves adoption, and how biblical it is. And don't misunderstand… it is beautiful and it is absolutely biblical! One website I found listed 91 different verses about adoption. But oftentimes, when we think of adoption, we think of sweet babies and innocent children, who, through no fault of their own, do not have a mom or dad to take care of them.

But then God says he's adopted us. When we weren't cute and sweet and innocent. When our hearts looked more like the Nazi commandant than the newborn, and we wonder, what kind of God is this? One who could love past sins and flaws and says that we can "become blameless and pure, 'children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation'" (Philippians 2:15).

This week, when Ms. Kor stands at the platform where she lost her family, she will dance, as she always does. "That's where they took away the joy of my life and my family," she said. "This way, I reclaim it." Will you reclaim your status as an adopted child of God today? Will you trust that he is who he says he is and he loves you at your worst, bringing you close to himself and calling you his?

"Those who were not my people I will call 'my people,' and her who was not beloved I will call 'beloved.' And in the very place where it was said to them, 'You are not my people,' there they will be called 'sons of the living God'" (Romans 9:25-26).

"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure" (Ephesians 1:5, NLT).

"But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12, NLT).

It Really IS a Big Deal

Reconciliation Second Coming Salvation

Contributed By: Stephen Kingsley | Date Posted: 2014-09-20

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:19 ; Romans 5:10

Author: Stephen Kingsley
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The Apology Note Generator

Apology Sincerity Reconciliation

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Scripture: Psalms 51:16

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Finding Reconciliation Under the Mistletoe

Christmas Enemies Reconciliation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-04-07

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:18

Author: Raymond McHenry
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Sin Is The Best News

Repentance Hope Reconciliation

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2014-02-27

Scripture: James 5:16

Author: John Alexander
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The Right To Forgive

Reconciliation Devotional Thoughts Jesus' Sacrifice

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2014-01-30

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:18

Author: Mitchell Dillon
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Destroying Your Enemies

Enemies Reconciliation Love (Divine)

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Scripture: Romans 5:8 ; Romans 5:10

Author: Abraham Lincoln
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Former Rivals Clinton and Bush, Sr. Forge Strong Friendship

Reconciliation Friendship Church Health/Growth

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