Peacemakers for the world

The world bristles with armaments powerful enough to destroy humanity many times over, and the number and sophistication of these weapons is growing. Dedicated Christians have an increased responsibility to pray for peace and to practice peace in their own lives. By individually unhooking ourselves from the belief that war is valuable or inevitable, we will be contributing to the balance of peace for all mankind.

When Christ Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God," Matt. 5:9. he was not giving his listeners a simple platitude. His words were much more than that. He understood that in the most profound sense, to be a peacemaker is to be a child of God—to reflect the one divine Mind. By identifying with our true nature as God's idea—spiritual man—we array ourselves on the side of immortality and goodness instead of destructiveness and death.

More than a mental exercise, this outlook demands that we live, to the best of our ability, the moral and spiritual qualities of true Christianity, which can be summarized as an active love for God and for our neighbor. When we sincerely seek to do this, we find we are able to love those around us even when we disagree with them, to act as peacemakers, and gratefully to accept attempts at reconciliation initiated by others. Establishing these linkages of love with our fellow humans will give us plenty of opportunity to prove the truth of Christian Science and to see, on a more regular basis, the reality of God as the only Mind.

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We begin with our neighbors
March 22, 1982

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