Word of the Month

Peace be unto you

September 1999

Children of God have a special peace. It is that peace, that Jesus Christ once brought to his own, when he entered into the circle of his disciples after his resurrection with the greeting: "Peace be unto you!" In his parting remarks, the Son of God indicated the great value of this peace: "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you" (cf. John 14:27). Peace is a priceless possession. War brings nothing but sorrow, ruin, destruction and annihilation . In times of peace, however, the weapons of war are silenced, development and expansion becomes possible, commerce flourishes and prosperity and progress grow and thrive.

If the peace of Jesus Christ, that we receive anew each time our sins are forgiven, reigns in our hearts, then the weapons of the evil one must be silenced. What are his weapons? Envy, greed, hatred, resentment and many other harmful things. They are often a heavy burden for a child of God. In rejecting them we are able to silence them!

Times of peace are periods of development. We want to work energetically on the building of our soul, so that is will soon be completed. In times of peace, one also find development and expansion. Let us spread God's work in all directions and find the last souls everywhere.

Peacetime gives opportunity for reflection. One has thoughts about what remains, what is important, what is valuable, what is great and what is small; one ponders what one should do and what one must drop. Let us continually direct our thoughts to that which is substantial, that which is Godly, the promised return of Christ and the eternal fellowship with God. We should remember that an active prayer life moves the powers of heaven and grants us peace. If the war of the spirits would rage, it would be impossible to find time for reflection.

In peacetime, commerce flourishes. This concept has a deeper significance, which the Lord Jesus meant when he encouraged "Occupy till I come!". He wants to see that we are occupied, that we are active in exercising love to God and to our neighbour, in forgiving, in following and in offering. Let us therefore concern ourselves that we can keep this peace. Then we will feel good and advance in understanding. Should it happen now and again that we lose our peace, whether in our daily life, in the battles of faith or under burdens and temptations, then let us hurry to the place where the peace of the resurrected one is always placed anew into our heart: at the altar of God!

With heartfelt greetings,<br/>

Richard Fehr