Friday April 14, 2023
Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them,
and said to them, “Peace to you.”
Jesus understood the human race.
There is nothing it needs as sorely as peace. We live in a world of strife, a world of war.
Human history is essentially one long history of wars. And things are not getting any better in this respect, but worse. The last war was the greatest the world has ever seen. A war in which the whole world participated, in one way or another.
It is not strange that there is war in this world of ours; for nothing is as warlike as the human heart.
Think of the “wars” in our homes. Between husband and wife. Many live under an armed truce, others fight each other mercilessly.
Think of the “wars” between brothers and sisters. It is not for nothing that people have formulated the old proverb that “love between brothers and sisters reaches as far as the probate courts.”
Or think of the “wars” between neighbors. To begin with, the bone of contention is some insignificant little thing: a chicken, a sheep, or a fence. Whereupon we have unfriendliness, enmity, bickering, and, finally, the supreme court.
Most people are carrying on warfare of one kind of another. It depends chiefly upon their temperament and training.
But even the most peaceful promote strife, even though it is only an inner “war,” one of thought and imagination. How much of a person’s time is not devoted to attacking others in their thoughts. With thoughts as sharp as awls, filled with the poison of envy, we wound others, without mercy.
Yes indeed, we all need Him who can impart peace to our hearts!