Watchwords of peace

Christ Jesus instructed his followers to watch. Unlike military watching, Christian watching takes place in thought. It is a spiritual activity. Still, much as a sentry would demand that a prearranged watchword be correctly given to identify those eligible to pass his post, one challenges the thoughts coming to one's consciousness for admittance according to the standard of Jesus' teachings.

Jesus patently stood guard over his thoughts. His works so indicate. Where others admitted suffering and sin as unavoidable, he debarred these injustices and admitted only the capabilities of man created in God's likeness. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect" Matt. 5:48. might well have been his watchword as he went about healing the sick and redeeming sinners. His watchword as he waged peace must have been "Love your enemies." Matt. 5:44. Even on the cross, he said of those who had so unjustly put him there, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34.

No river too wide for love to cross
January 20, 1986

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