In a world that is marred by violence, conflict, and differences, peace might seem a far-fetched dream rather than a tangible reality.
But what if there is one day in the world when people would just focus on peace? More so, what peace can come out of a pandemic?
This year’s International Day of Peace tells us that we are not each other’s enemies. In fact, with peace in the midst, we can be each other’s strength!
Here are ways to find and promote harmony around you, and most importantly, inside of you.
1.Be a peacemaker
The first step towards peace is acknowledging that the absence of peace such as war and hate, are by-products of envy, discrimination, and selfish ambition. As said in James 3:16, “For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.”
As the pandemic continues to ravage the world, the call for peace is more important than ever. It’s never too late to demolish envy or selfishness that leads to arguments.
It’s time to heal conflicts, embrace understanding, and respect differences.
It’s time to be the peace you wish to see in this world.
With these in mind, the next time you’re tempted to clap back with someone – whether online or in-person – you may want to breathe and ask yourself first, “Will this bring me peace? Is it worth the conflict?”
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13 NIV)
2.Organize or support groups that promote peace
Truth is, there are decades-long wars and conflicts that cannot be solved overnight, yet you can still make a difference in your own little ways for mercy and truth to meet together. (Psalm 85:10 NKJV)
As odd as it may sound, there are opportunities for peace that come with a global pandemic.
As a start, you can support peace-loving groups or organizations that encourage unity while helping communities.
“The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)
3.Pray for peace
What can you do to find and promote peace today?
You can do anything that makes the world a better place. And at any day, prayers are the guiding light for all nations. They are so powerful that they can shape the future and shape peace in trying times.
Pray that God would break the spirit of conflict, and touch the hearts of warring parties that they would lay down their weapons and work together for harmony.
Pray and believe that no matter the chaos around you, you will remain in God, and He will give you His peace that transcends all understanding.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT)
Have you been restless recently? Do you feel that this pandemic has been robbing you of your peace? Are you praying for peace in your household and community?