Monday, 23 May 2011 12:52
At the beginning of his book - “Peace of Mind”, Rabbi Liebman pointed out there are many earthly things we desire – health, love, beauty, talent, power, fame; but without peace of mind all those things bring torment instead of joy. If we have peace, no matter what else we may lack, life is worth living. Without peace, though we may possess all things else, it is not enough.
But what is peace?; and why is peace so elusive? The mere absence of strife is not peace. At the moment Jesus was speaking of peace there was no war on earth, but neither was there peace. The Roman Empire had forced the world to its knees and the people had lost the means and the will to fight. When Paris surrendered to the German fury without a struggle someone said, “London lost her building, but Paris lost her soul.
Peace is a positive force. We may clear some plot of land of every weed, but that will not make of it a garden. It will only be a barren field. It becomes a garden when flowers are growing there. The prophet of old reminds us that just to break up our swords and spears is not enough. Those swords must become plowshares and the spears pruning hooks (Micah 4:3).
The late American President, Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his address to the Organization of the United Nations said: We seek peace – enduring peace... we must cultivate the science of human relations – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together and work together in the same world at peace.
To have peace in both the world and our souls, not only must hate, suspicion and fear be rooted out. Love, joy, patience and understanding must be planted and cultivated. The angel climaxed the announcement of the birth of our Lord with words, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you” (John 14:27).
Peace was His mission. But why is peace so elusive? Take note that the angel said, “Glory to God in the highest” first, before he said, “Peace on earth,” Which God do you give glory? It is the small god of Malacañang, City Hall, Capitol Building, Congress, the Military, Judiciary, CEO, Husbands, Wives, etc.? Or do you consider yourself a god because you have the free will to do anything you want? Our freedom is not the right to do as we please but rather it is the liberty to do as we ought.
As God's creatures, we owe Him glory and thanksgiving. God has the right that we as a race and as individuals recognize His Lordship, give Him thanks, and live in grateful obedience to Him. The place to begin making peace is within ourselves. The oldest story of men tells how he sinned and then hid himself from God. Hiding from God is the most miserable experience the human soul can experience. Peace with God is the most blessed experience.
TO GOD BE ALL GLORY AND HONOR.
By Bro. Paeng Santos
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