Doing our part to defuse violence

How can one person help bring peace in the midst of conflict? It begins with a commitment to Christlike love.

Who can look at recent scenes of violence in some American cities and not feel deeply stirred? Many people may long to do something about simmering urban problems. But they may not live in the affected communities. Or they may think that just one person can't make much difference anyway. So they uneasily turn away from the problem and hope things get better.

Yet there is something each one of us can do to help. No matter how complex or hopeless the challenges facing humanity seem to be, they can be solved. Finding solutions begins with the individual, with you and me. And unselfish, Christly love is the remedy. Christian Science, with its emphasis on the teachings of Christ Jesus, shows that it is the irresistible Christ-love, expressing the power of God, divine Love, that humanity needs today.

Every time you and I bring harmony to a discordant situation or truly forgive an injustice; every time we love in the face of hate; every time we realize that man's true being is actually God's spiritual reflection, not a victimized or sinful mortal, we are doing a very important part in defusing violence in the community at large. Why? Because the world's challenges are the culmination of unresolved individual problems and differences.

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