Seek and find: the road to peace
Jesus Christ has many names. As Prince of Peace His appearance takes on a quality that many people have difficulties with. How can we learn from the master of peace? Reflections on the International Day of Prayer for Peace on 21 September.
The first thing that is needed is a new longing for peace! The generations must recognise again that only peace will bring them the desired security, prosperity, and a future.
War is clearly the worst of all variants of human coexistence. Ruthless behaviour, the realisation of self-centred goals in life, or the settlement of painful conflicts at increasing levels of escalation are almost part of everyday life.
This need not be the case because “He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near” (Ephesians 2: 17).
Man has been created in the image of God and thus shares in the harmony that exists between Creator and creation. The struggle for peace is certainly discernible. Therapists and mediators try to do this on a small scale, countless politicians on a large scale. Peace prizes are endowed.
Ultimately, all these efforts cannot lead to success if sin dominates us humans. But it can be conquered with Christ. The closer we are to the Lord, the better we are able to control sin.
Great oaks from little acorns grow
Peace begins in our own heart, but how can we carry peace into the world if we find no peace within ourselves? Great peace therefore begins small:
- It has to be prayed for. That is why we pray for peace in the world with our families, in our congregations, within Christendom.
- Man must regret and repent and seek forgiveness.
- There must be a willingness to reconcile among people and nations who have incurred guilt towards one another.
- Christ, His gospel, and the messengers who have been sent by Him must be accepted.
The International Day of Prayer for Peace is commemorated by the World Council of Churches in conjunction with the United Nations-sponsored International Day of Peace on 21 September. This year’s theme is “Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace”. The New Apostolic Church has been part of this movement since 2005 and calls upon all congregations to say a special prayer for peace in the divine service.
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