Remembrance

Tomorrow is Remembrance day. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. I hope and pray that all will take the opportunity of stopping at 11.00 a.m. and remembering not only those who fought in two world wars but also those troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflicts across the world. Please use the two minutes to pray for their safety and a peaceful resolution to conflict.

Please pray for a world in which true peace is known.

Jesus said “My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you….”  (John 14:27). God is love and so His Son, Jesus is love in action. It is through His love for humankind which took Him to the cross, that we must also learn to love others. Surely if the love of Jesus could really be shared and experienced in the world today then His peace would follow.

However that seems such a simplistic idea, that it can’t possibly happen. The hearts of men and women lie divided between good and evil; Alexander Solzhenitsyn once said “The battle-line between good and evil runs through the heart of every man.” We’re all capable of good or bad.

But although I accuse the first statement of being too simple, I also need to accuse the second statement of being too pessimistic. As Christians we are hopeful people and the Hope of Jesus Christ is that through His death and victory over sin and evil we can truly build a peaceful world IF we follow Him.

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