Some human hearts and minds
are polluted and full of pride,
and divisiveness that fosters
bitterness, prejudice, and hatred.
Sadly, at the dawn of 2018,
some people are still embracing unreasonable, irrational,
preconceived judgments or convictions rooted in
suspicion, fear, intolerance, prejudiced hostility,
animosity, and/or old racial prejudices
directed against individuals and
ethnic groups who they deem
"Less than they are"
because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity.
"Sowers of Discord"
sow seeds of bitterness,
anger, suspicion, and hatred.
They are driven to act on the vulnerabilities of others.
They tend to take pleasure in exploiting
the passions, weaknesses, and emotions of others.
For the most part...
they are driven by their own self-interests
and inner turmoil.
Such behavior is not from God.
The Scriptures refer to this behavior as
“The works of the flesh.”
Christ calls His followers
to imitate His example
by living peacefully with others.
All forms of racism, prejudice,
and discrimination are an
affront to the sacrifice
made by Christ
on the cross.
If we treat a person with contempt,
we are mistreating a person created in God’s image;
we are hurting somebody whom God loves
and for whom Jesus died.
mean nothing to God,
for God's creation is everywhere,
and God's love extends
beyond the borders of race,
creed, or nations.
Jesus always included people.
He embraced others...
with a radical disregard for their
race, tribe, creed, color, class, religion, language,
age, culture, disability, political beliefs,
educational background, or socioeconomic differences,
experiences, or realities.
The Scriptures affirm
the fundamental equality of all people
God's Word is very clear in telling us that
no one is insignificant.
Every single person is important,
vital, and valuable to God.
The time has come for us to come together
and fulfill our role in the body.
Our true individuality is found, discovered,
and experienced in relationship to the body of Christ.
We are one in Spirit, one in mind, and one in purpose.
Our individuality is a work of grace.
Our physical body is comprised of many parts
which makes up the whole.
We have the limbs, organs, and various members that,
when left alone, are useless, but when assembled
they make up the entire body.
So, too, does the unity of the body of Christ,
created in Christ.
This body is comprised of all nations,
all races, all ethnic groups.
The body is a unit
made up of diverse and equal parts...
each actively supporting
and strengthening the other.
Members of the Body of Christ possess
a diversity of gifts suited to particular functions.
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts;
and though all its parts are many, they form one body.
Members of the Body of Christ share a common bond...
regardless of background, race, or ministry.
“There should be no division in the body,
but . . . its parts should have equal concern
for each other”.
From one man
God made every nation of men,
that they should inhabit
the whole earth.
God does not show partiality
and neither should we!
We are each individual,
eternal expressions of God.
Our essential nature is divine
and therefore inherently good.
God designed us to be uniquely different,
and at the same time,
have some of the same characteristics and traits.
All human beings have the same
all human beings are equally created.
There is one God and Father of all.
God is over all, through all, and in all.
God is Creator of all.
He has authority over all.
He sustains all and is in control of all.
God's presence is everywhere
and in everyone.
We are all of one spirit,
one humanity, one human family...
and a significant member of
God's amazing Creation.
Our differences should never
We are not different races.
Rather, we are different ethnicities
of the human race.
May we distinguish, welcome,
and bless God for creating us to be
God's Peace will lead us to
Let us not become slaves to our emotions.
When individuals, communities, cities, states, and nations
allow their emotions to guide their behavior,
inevitably, they end up not resolving anything.
They only make matters worse.
In times of conflict...
some may feel anger, fearful, and wronged.
They may even feel the need to lash out...
defend, attack, and get revenge.
They spend precious life moments
devising human schemes to defeat their opponents.
They are quick to utilize
the ways of the world to garner the "Big win!".
Their natural human emotions often try to direct
the behavior of others.
Peace is learning to let go of our will,
desires, and plans.
Peace is surrendering and yielding ourselves
to You, O Lord,
allowing You to be in control,
for You are our ultimate Peace!
Peace enables us to yield our will over to God.
Peace enables us to be moved from the stronghold
of fear and trepidations... into a life of harmony.
Isaiah 26:3; II Timothy 1:7
May love, peace and unity
and spread like flames.
May it excite, burn, and grow,
so the winds of disagreement
will not blow it out!
May the entire Universe look to the future
with a vision of good deeds
and a peaceful existence.
We can celebrate our diversity
because our many differences
point to the one thing
we all have in common -
God's love must be our model for life.
Yes, we are all different.
Different customs, different foods,
different mannerisms, different languages,
but not so different that we cannot get along
with one another.
Our prayer is that,
as individuals, communities,
as a nation and universe,
we all come to the realization of You
as the Source of our inner
and outer Peace.
This wisdom, of You,
will allow us to address,
resolve, and root out the vast problems
confronting us, each and every day.
We know that in You, O God of all Peace,
there is no barrier or boundary
that Your Love cannot overcome.
You are able to dispel all darkness
and heal all the Spiritual dis-eases
You are the Giver of all life.
You are everywhere
and in our every breath.
You are our Creator
and Controller of all.
You are Sovereign over all,
and no devil in hell
can block or stop Your plans.
You are Love, the Source of life,
and You are within each of us,
We know that Peace will be impossible
unless we allow Your Peace to rule in us!
Help us, O God, to realize that
once we make real peace with You...
we will be able to attain and maintain
Peace and unity in the here and now,
Humanity must be awakened
with a large dose of God's Peace.
When we realize God's peace...
there is an absolute, unassailable, well-founded, steadfast,
unwavering, immovable, unswerving, unshakeable
certainty within which takes us through
any situation we may face.