Bonhoeffer in his Testament to Freedom pg.286
Our hearts make sure that we only keep the company of friends, the righteous and the respectable. But Jesus was to be found right in the midst of his enemies. That is precisely where he wanted to be. We should be there too. It is that which distinguishes us from all other teachings and religions. In them the pious want to be with one another. But Christ wants us to be in the midst of our enemies, as he was; it was in the midst of his enemies that he dies the death of God’s love and prayed: Father forgive them for they know not what they do.
Therefore Christ does not call us to avoid pain, to avoid suffering, to avoid chaos, to avoid the mess of broken people. Instead he calls us to be agents of his peace; calling us to allow his peace to work through, over and within the midst of pain, suffering, chaos, and brokenness.
In becoming agents of peace; we need to acknowledge that Christ died for all; to restore all into relationship with God. Therefore we need to acknowledge that it’s not only the best of humanity; it’s also the worst of humanity who were made in the image of God; and therefore deserve to be treated with the dignity and respect this image deserves. Then, and only then will we start to be equipped to become agents of Christ’s peace allowing God’s peace to flow through, over and well up within us.
Lord I pray; Help me to be a peace maker.