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Date: 10 September 2017


Peace through Christ


“The Gift of His Peace”

 

Dear Brother and sisters,

For the month of September, as indicated in the divine service guide, we will focus on one of the most important gifts the Lord Jesus Christ left the world to enjoy - peace! As Jesus was preparing for his crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension, he declared as recorded in John 14: 27,

 

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

 

By this very act, Jesus placed a gift of peace to dwell in each believer. Yet, how often do we fail to utilise this gift (talent) of being peace makers? We can draw lessons from the servant who failed to use the one talent the Master gave to him (Mathew 25:15-29).

 

We all love peace in one way or the other but very few of us are prepared to be peace makers. The world is full of peace-making efforts, yet more wars and threats of war are the order of the day. Even, if the world was to eliminate all the wars, the peace proclaimed by Jesus would still not be attained because His is different. It is the peace that touches the souls - one that brings everlasting joy. It is the peace that is anchored on prayer, love and forgiveness, amidst differing perspectives, opinions and desires.

 

As I said recently in one congregation, police officers would be concerned with us if we were carrying certain weapons, however, no police officer would question you if you are carrying the weapons such as Peace; Prayer; Love and Forgiveness! Accordingly, why not carry such a weapon all the time? How then can we cultivate peace within ourselves, and share this peace with the world? Our approach should be to practice the commandment of Love, and let the Lord be joyous with our peace-making efforts that He may usher us into His Kingdom with the words recorded in Matthew 25:23;

 

“Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”

 

Of the few things we can be faithful about is making peace wherever we are and in whatever things we do. Let the world know us to be peace makers for it says in Mathew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

 

In this regard, Jesus brought peace to His disciples when they were caught in a storm at sea and were afraid, for it says in Mark 4:39,

 

“And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”

How joyful if we can also “calm the storm” engulfing our brother, sister, neighbour and strangers alike!

 

Let us also calm the storms in our families, congregations, workplaces and communities. With peace on our side, then the words in the Christmas carol: “Joy to the World, the Lord has come! Let earth receive her King; Let every heart prepare Him room…” will make greater impact in our spiritual life. This is what Jesus meant when he said the peace He gives is not the same as that which the world gives!

 

In order to experience everlasting joy, we want to preserve this peace by knowing and believing in the Apostle ministry, that it is the ministry of reconciliation (peace-making), set to prepare us for the return of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

 

I wish you all God’s richest blessings.

 

Charles S. Ndandula

 

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