Everyday Spirituality

Everyday Spirituality


Spiritual peace versus human peace

posted by Cheryl Petersen

Peace Pilgrim wrote in Her Life and Work in Her Own Words: “Those who wish to choose peace must act meaningfully for peace. And become a part of the stirring and awakening which has begun and is accelerating.”

The subject of peace requires ongoing modification. True peace isn’t human beings getting along, but is love and faith in action.

Human beings have a track record of not getting along. Fear, greed, and envy provoke hatred and peace falls apart. But, it’s just as bad as going along with fear, greed, envy and fear in order not to rock the boat. But, some boat rocking is sometimes necessary to attain spiritual peace.

If we need to stop being at peace with a bad habit, or if we need to confront a blathering co-worker, or if we need to take a stand for integrity, it may feel unpeaceful. But we can think on what Jesus was reported to have said in John 14:1, 27-28 (ESV)

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 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. 28 You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.”

Our Parent is divine Love. The faith of Love is extraordinary and clear. We can trust the words and actions of love to restore spiritual peace, even if it disturbs our human situation temporarily. God is greater, Love prevails.



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