The Peace of God

Never , perhaps, in the world's history has there been a greater striving for peace than at the present moment—a peace that will rule out war and establish a universal government which will permit freedom of discussion, and solve all problems on the basis of divine justice and God-given, equal rights for all men and nations.

Why does this peace, so ardently and earnestly desired by Christian people all over the world, seem so hard to achieve? The answer can be found in the words of the Apostle James: "Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts." Are we working for a true, divine, and eternal sense of peace, based on the government of divine Mind? Or are we looking for something that will bring us ease in materiality—merely an absence of tiresome and painful problems, fights, arguments, and demands, which have disturbed our personal comfort and interfered with the harmony of our daily existence?

Jesus surely realized the menace of this false sense of peace when he told the people, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." This false sense of peace must be cast out before we can understand his later statement, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you." Such peace passes the world's understanding, since it is based on the spiritual understanding of God's government, won by self-abnegation and expressed in the brotherhood of man. This peace can never bless one while injuring another. It must be practiced individually before it can be manifested collectively; it is for all peoples and nations, because of the impartiality and universality of divine Love.

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January 13, 1940

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