“And that in this matter no one should wrong his/her brother/sister or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men/women for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you.” [Inclusive language mine] (1 Thessalonians 4:6 )
The theme under which this verse is presented may be peace, but the context of this passage is immorality and/or the lack of moral conduct. And before you ask, Mennonites are no more or less immune than any one else. Suppose though we considered this issue as one of purely peace keeping. With the understanding that lusts, passions, and urges are not limited to intimacy and physical/sexual gratification, many acts of violence and war have been started because of the lack of morality. If we all resisted coveting our neighbor’s significant other, did not pry into one another’s personal business, were satisfied with what was reasonably and appropriately our own, and not abusing or taking advantage of one another, think how much peace there would be. In fact I imagine, optimistically speaking, such restraint and morality would eliminate 90% (or maybe more) of all sin, crime, violence, and war. Ah well, may in the life to come.
May you, gentle and peaceful reader, live in peace with those around you and in this world. Selah!