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Mettle: The Warrior as the "Man of Peace"
Part 1 deals with the internal, personal characteristics of the Warrior. This will serve as a guide to aid development of your internal Warrior or other character traits you are led to change or develop.
These character traits, while intangible, have very real effects when acted out. For example, compassion or discipline bear witness to themselves in expression of word or deed, and are easy enough to identify. An individual can truly be touched by an act of kindness or justice. These are examples of character traits of the internal Warrior that will be looked at in the chapter dealing specifically with character.
Many of the characteristics of the Warrior may be seen in the expression and action of our Lord Jesus, both as a “Man-of-Peace” and as a “Man-of-War.” When Christ, our perfect role model, appeared to man for the first time, he was seen as a Man- of-Peace. His life was the epitome of honor and compassion: traits that should be our guiding force as we live our lives. His first appearance was to accomplish the redemption of man. Rather than appear as a King or military leader, as the Jews were expecting in a Messiah, He came, however, as a Man-of-Peace. It is fitting for us to refer to Him as “the Prince of Peace.”
A good example of the expression of the Man-of-Peace is the occasion of Jesus’ arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus stayed the hand of a follower who had drawn a sword to protect Him. Jesus’ response was simple and most revealing . . .do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, who would promptly send more than twelve legions of angels to my defense? But then, how would the scriptures be fulfilled that say this is the way it must be? Matt. 26:53-54.
How better may He have portrayed a Man-of-Peace? His actions revealed many of the qualities of the Warrior as a Man-of-Peace. Two that come to mind are discernment and control on His part. In order for us to develop all of the spiritual protection required by a Christian Warrior, we must understand how building up one fortifies the other. This protection is readily available, and extremely necessary, if one is going to engage in the spiritual war embroiling our world today.
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