If you want peace in the world, you need peace in your heart that is not of this world. Peace in the world begins with you by how well you love others. My loving presence in your heart produces that kind of peace in your life.
When you love me with all your heart and soul, you discover how to love your neighbor and to love yourself. When you are in intimate communion with me, you become aware of my image, like your brother and sisters around the world who are just like you. (CONTEMPLATION: SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH GOD’S EYES)
The awareness to love your neighbor is a result of loving yourself through my grace. To hate your neighbor is to hate yourself. Let my love fill your heart and contemplate my love encompassing all humanity. Hear my words as I have loved you-you love others. And because I first loved, you now understand the essence of my sacrificial other-centered love. As I follow the Father’s direction, you will love others, too, as you follow in my steps.
I came to the world to care for everyone like yourself, help them overcome the same fears you have, and learn how to love one another. I encourage you to let go of your divisive thoughts and emotions and have the willingness to forgive and let go of the bitterness, anger, resentment, and seek reconciliation first with me and then with others. When you discover inner peace in your soul, you can be at peace with those around you.
Seek my never-ending love for you, and I will supply you with all the love you need to practice loving your neighbor and the humility to love yourself. Remember, peace in the world begins with you. So who is it today that needs the peace I offer in your world today?
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Mathew 5:9 NIV
We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” but hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.… 1 John 4:19-21 NIV
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