12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the One who is able to save and to destroy; but who are you who judge your neighbor?

I recall hearing biblical counselor, david powlison, once say that a wonderful trait about true Christians is that they love the light; and when given the truth, they’ll embrace it.

While that may not always take place as immediately as we would like, if the other person is truly a believer, he has the Holy Spirit dwelling within him and will ultimately be drawn to the truth. James 4:12 reminds us that God is, indeed, able to save. The great promise of Philippians 1:6 comes to mind, “I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

When living out these commands by God’s grace, Christian individuals can become churches that are communities of peace. Imperfect? Yes. Nothing will be perfect until Christ returns and his glorious kingdom comes. But for now, Christ calls His followers to band together in local, imperfect communities that promote and maintain the responsible brand of peace that pleases God. James tells us that all-out war against sin is what it takes to realize it. Christians simply can't afford to be passive when facing the dangers of unchecked sin and sinful conflict. 

Alex Crain is the managing editor of Christianity.com. You can RSS his blog and follow him on Twitter @alex_crain