International Peace

Read: Scriptures included below

This past Monday was designated as International Peace Day.  It seems like the phrase “International Peace” is an oxymoron.  I say that because in the history of the world there have been very few times if any where we have truly had international peace.  But this does not keep us from praying, hoping, working, and striving for peace in our world, in our country, in our communities, in our relationships, in our families, and in our personal lives.  After all, this is what Jesus lived, taught, and provides for everyone who will listen and receive his salvation.

This week I wanted to provide some scriptures and quotes that can help you be reminded of the importance of peace.  May God help us to live with peace in our lives and in peace with others.

Matthew 5:9    Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Matthew 11:28-30    Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 14:27    Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 16:33   I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

John 20:19    On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them,  “Peace be with you.”

“We who were formerly no people at all, and who knew of no peace, are now called to be…a church…of peace. True Christians do not know vengeance. They are the children of peace. Their hearts overflow with peace. Their mouths speak peace, and they walk in the way of peace.”
 – Menno Simons

“Courageous people do not fear forgiving for the sake of peace”  – Nelson Mandela

“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.”   –  C.S. Lewis

“Peace is not merely a distant goal we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal”  – Martin Luther King Jr

Make it personal:  Find ways to foster peace in your life.  Start with Jesus and then apply his peace to each and every part of your life.  Jesus can give us personal peace, peace about what is going on with family and friends, and peace with things that are going on around the world.  When you have the opportunity to promote and live out the peace of Christ, take that opportunity and make a difference in our world.

Peace to all,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church



Menno Simons Quote