A third aspect of AGAPE relationships involves “Peace.”

One of the principle marks of fallen relationships is a lack of peace. Alienation, separation, hatred, conflict, anger, lies, malice, and disrespect are characteristic of relationships where AGAPE does not reign. On the other hand, relationships that have been transformed by AGAPE are characterized by peace, harmony, unity, joy, forgiveness, and reconciliation.

A commitment to AGAPE relationships means a commitment to peace.

We realize, first of all, that peace is a gift of God. It is not something we create or accomplish. It is something done for us by God’s grace. And it is a treasured gift, something rare and precious. Wherever we find peace in our lives, we recognize its value and respond with gratitude.

We realize also, however, that we have a role to play in fostering and maintaining peace. God’s peace will not last long without our commitment to unity, harmony, and good will. Peace is always threatened by the selfishness of our broken world. We guard God’s precious peace by living in godliness and humility (first of all) and “doing what leads to peace” (Ro 14:19) at every opportunity.

We realize, finally, that—because we are all prone to selfishness—peace can break down and must be restored. When that happens, we value peace so highly that we confess and repent and seek reconciliation; or we are quick to forgive and restore peace.

The North Central Church wants for foster peaceful love. We will encourage a commitment to harmony and unity in every relationship. Healthy relationships grow out of AGAPE love. And a commitment to peace is a necessary ingredient for that kind of love.

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