Law and Peace

Who has not longed for peace, in the home, the office, or the factory, and for himself peace of mind? The Bible tells us, "Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them" (Ps. 119:165). So peace must be related to God's law. Making peace with oneself demands intelligent, informed, wholehearted obedience to the divine law. Loving the law implies honoring and obeying it. To do this, we must have a knowledge of the law, for we cannot love and obey that which we do not understand.

In British civil law a justice of the peace is a respected citizen who is appointed as a magistrate to administer the law of the land as it relates to the maintenance of the peace in his community. Those who apply themselves to the study and practice of divine law may well be classified as justices of the peace in the universal application of that office. In "Rudimental Divine Science," Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, answers the question, "How whould you define Christian Science?" thus (p. 1): "As the law of God, the law of good, interpreting and demonstrating the divine Principle and rule of universal harmony." One of the many dictionary definitions of "peace" is "a pact or agreement...between those who have been...in a state of enmity." To make one's peace with another is to be reconciled.

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