A reflection for Peace Sunday
“This is love, not that we loved God, but that he first loved us.”
1 John 4:10
“But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been
brought near in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who has
made us both one, and has broken down the dividing wall of
hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law of commandments and
ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of
the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one
body through the cross, thereby bringing the hostility to an end.”
Ephesians 2: 13-16
The work of peacemaking starts with the fact that God is Love and that His love has been poured out into the world. Every person and everything that has been created is loved entirely by Him. Love is here – undeniably at large in the world. It is not an ideal which we struggle towards, or try to bring into being, it is already given by God, who is its source.
Just as it was God who first poured out his love into the world, so God has also brought peace into the world. Through Jesus Christ He reached down and made peace with us. By doing this He has made peace possible within the entire created world. He has taken the initiative and we are called to respond. We are not starting from scratch. We are not creating peace.
We are enabling God’s peace, that is already here in the world, to be encountered, experienced and enjoyed by those we are called to serve. God’s peace is at large in the world. And we are called to seek this peace, to enable it to take root, and to encourage it to flourish. This is what it means to be a peacemaker.
Tilly Martin is the Co-ordinator for the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship.
She and her family are members of mayBe, a community based in
Oxford which actively explores simple, creative and playful living in
the way of Christ.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended to provide a space for people associated with APF to express their own personal views and opinions in order to promote discussion of issues relating to peacemaking and pacifism It is not necessarily a place where the official views of APF are expressed.