Peace

precarious peace, 11"x9", pen and ink on medium-weight white paper

precarious peace, 11"x9", pen and ink on medium-weight white paper

This is a drawing that I did out of an idea I call “precarious peace.” It depicts two men of distinct stature in life, with nothing to offer each other except each one’s word of honor in their pursuit of peace. However, they do not really completely trust each other. And yet, despite the shaky foundations, both are willing to make a go for peace and shake on it.
True peace, while absolutely attainable, is quite elusive. One wonders at times if it’s from the heart or from the hurt. Is it attained before any harm is done or after vengeance is wreaked on? If it is true that “wars begin in the minds of men,” then peace must begin in the hearts of men! Wars, because they are motivated by reasons lacking in humanity, are often equated with hate and prejudice. If one was attacked out of hatred, the victim is expected either to defend himself/herself or get rescued by other people to prevent harm from being inflicted! To preserve one’s own life is a normal human reaction under conditions of hostility. And peace stops all forms of violence dead in their tracks! (pun not intended) While this may imply that peace only ensues when violence sets in, it’s not at all the case; peace has always been readily available for everyone who trusts in the Lord, long before any plan of aggression is hatched! My belief is that all of us are created complete in the image of our Maker– with body, soul and spirit! As such, we are all born good and that every single human being is given the gift of free will– that during the most challenging times in our lives, we make use of this gift by acting on choices that we deem right for our own good. The choices that we make ultimately shape our character– the root of who we are and the fruit of what we become.
We are given our spirit– that part of our being that is bathed in the Holy Spirit when we truly believe– to equip us to know, understand, and love God. But somehow along the way, because of the personal choices that we make, we ignore our conscience as a result of pride. We get snared by the whims of this world instead of embracing the grace of His word! However hard it is to feel “human” in times of conflict, the choice to turn every wicked thing around for the sake of peace is always there! For all Christians, this is made manifest in their faith in God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace! Every time one chooses God’s will, his/her spirit becomes one with Christ’s! Hence, all good things become possible! And as a Christian myself, I believe that my true individuality is the totality of my body, soul and spirit: I exist with my body, feel with my soul, and experience the grace of God with my spirit!

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.
”  Romans 14:17-19 (New International Version)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”  Matthew 5:9 (New International Version)

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2 Responses

  1. peace be with you!

    obeying God leads us to peace and joy in our hearts!

  2. Peace be with you, too, Yhen!
    Very true! “Obeying God leads us to peace and joy in our hearts.”
    When man fell from grace because Adam and Eve disobeyed God, our nature (human and otherwise) got corrupted. He had to send His only begotten Son to redeem us all from this damning corruption. Now we are saved once and for all by being truly sorry for our sins and obeying God by accepting and following His Son, Jesus Christ!
    Thanks so much for the visit, Yhen!

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