Posted by: forfreedomalone | 17/06/2016

Safe People

During the Blitz people in the cities which were bombed to rubble (no, London wasn’t the only city to suffer this) would hide in shelters.
In cities like London and Glasgow where there was an underground railway they would shelter there, deep underground.
Even there they were aware that the bombing was still going on, but some said that, for a time, they could experience safety.
They felt able to believe, even for a moment, that they were personally safe in their place of shelter.
There was no moment, however, when they felt peace.
Peace could be described as “an absence of hostilities”; safety as “an absence of imminent danger”.
They could feel that danger was not imminent, but hostilities still raged.
After the war, when peace had been established, many still lived with no sense of that peace in their daily lives, as they needed a long time to adjust to it. A backfiring car, a plane overhead, fireworks could send them into terror again. They may know that they were at peace, but they were not yet safe.
The church can be too quick to tell people that they and God are at peace and they should be feeling peace in their hearts.
Peace and safety are not the same thing. We need to sort that out when talking to people who have never been safe.
They cannot live in true peace when they are not first safe.
Safety can be shown by how we treat one another and those who are looking in from outside. If we are not safe people to be around who on earth is going to believe that God is?
He may not be openly hostile, but that could resume at any minute in the mind of a man who is not safe.
If you know the peace and love of God in your own heart, show it to others by firstly being a safe person to be around.


  1. Reblogged this on Tom Zimmer – PhotoBubba and commented:
    It has been said that “They will know us by our love”.

    Love is the answer, not my love, but God’s Love through me. Another way to say it is; As the dude abides, the dude also loves.

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