“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”
How can we really promote peace in the world?
From The Christian Science Journal – August 13, 2015
Originally written in French, this first appeared in the May 2015 Portuguese, Spanish, French, and German editions of The Herald of Christian Science.
We support and promote peace in the world every time we expect, prayerfully and with a grateful heart, to witness the spiritual presence of freedom and justice in place of injustice and deprivation.
Each time we reason this way spiritually and sincerely—that is, each time we give a Christian Science treatment to help bring peace into the world—the pure truth must naturally be felt anywhere there is a need for peace. Tribal, racial, religious, geographical, or language barriers are unable to restrain the action of such a prayer!
Some time ago, a friend and I had a serious disagreement, and she angrily swore that she would never talk to me again. I was very concerned about the situation because I wanted to make peace with her. I went to a Christian Science Reading Room, where I read an article titled “Love your enemies” by Mary Baker Eddy, in the book Miscellaneous Writings 1883–1896 (pp. 8–13). There, it says, “ ‘Love thine enemies’ is identical with ‘Thou hast no enemies’ ” (p. 9).We promote peace in the world when in our families we don’t accept any prejudice or labeling, but instead we glorify each one’s spiritual individuality and Godlike qualities, acknowledging that the real history of man is in expressing and praising God. Our prayers—motivated by our love for our fellow man, which helps us see our neighbor, our government, and everything about our country from a spiritual point of view—contribute to laying the foundations of a permanent peace in the world.
We promote peace each time we become conscious of divine Love’s omnipotence as described in Science and Health, where it says: “One infinite God, good, unifies men and nations; constitutes the brotherhood of man; ends wars; fulfils the Scripture, ‘Love thy neighbor as thyself;’ annihilates pagan and Christian idolatry,—whatever is wrong in social, civil, criminal, political, and religious codes; equalizes the sexes; annuls the curse on man, and leaves nothing that can sin, suffer, be punished or destroyed” (p. 340).
We need to work even harder to establish peace in the world. We could perhaps start deepening our understanding of the spiritual meaning of what Christ Jesus said in his Sermon on the mount: “First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:5).