World Peace Day – Promoting The Power Of Love
“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”
William Ewart Gladstone
Ahh, the power of love! Everyone talks about it but society hasn’t had much luck in making it stick. The United Nations instituted World Peace Day in 1981 and has used it to promote peace and awareness among human beings. It is supposed to be a day for promoting ceasefire among warring nations but it has been a full-fledged failure so far. Terrorists ignore the day and violent crime is getting worse all the time.
In order to promote peace we must promote love first. Not the sappy and syrupy kind but the type that puts others first and stands firmly behind caring for one another. This is the unconditional love called for by God in the bible.
Why Can’t We Have Lasting Peace?
“If you want peace, you don’t talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies.”
Sin, selfishness and unforgiveness are the main reasons why peace has never flourished. You would think that a world so technologically advanced, there would be more time to care for each other but that’s not the case.
The power of love is the only way peace can reign but there are dark forces that do not want peace in the world. As a Christian, peace and love are at the center of who we are and what we believe but Christians are facing uncertain times. To be a Christian and practice our beliefs goes to the heart of what the International Day of Peace stands for but don’t let that fool you for a second.
The United Nations is not Christian-friendly and never has been. They will never promote Christian values and it is left to us to promote peace and love the only way we know how… through the love of Jesus Christ.
I’m sorry to burst your bubble but the only way to promote peace. Peace and love must come from the heart and lived everyday. They are not just some random words that makes you look good.
As a Christian, it is my duty because I have been commanded by God to love others. How I promote peace and love is how I live my life. Without God, there is no love to promote. They go hand and hand. We must first learn how to love others before we can bring peace into this world for if there is no love then we will have no peace!
How To Promote Peace And Love
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Promoting peace comes from a heart filled with love not a mind bent on control. Peace is not in the eye of the beholder but from the depths of their soul. It’s a misnomer that to make peace you must use peace. I’m not condoning the use of force but when the difference between right and wrong has been perverted to the point that peace is just a phrase that holds no meaning we must all be vigilante to the point of standing up for what right.
Hate is a very strong force that doesn’t take a day off. We all see how certain people like to hurt people with their words and get off on making others angry.
Marji J. Sherman, a Media Marketing Master put this type of love in perspective when she said; “Promoting what you love, instead of bashing what you hate carries into our personal lives as well. Would you rather read a bunch of social posts about how much life and other people suck?! Or, would you rather be inspired and motivated when you’re on social by the accomplishments and kindness of others? (I know, easier said than done, but something to think about).”
We need to be motivated by love to bring love to the forefront. Any day that promotes peace must not have an agenda for hate in other areas that is why the International Day of Peace falls way short of it’s goals.
With hunger, religious persecution, socialist and communist governments mistreating their own people, how do you expect a world day of peace to do any good?
Most governments couldn’t care less about the International Day Of Peace unless it makes them look good. Just ask the millions and millions of starving and economically impoverished people all over the world. Do you think they welcome a peace day? Not if it doesn’t do any good for them.
It starts out with small acts of kindness from individuals and then grows until it is like a snowball that picks up speed and leads to real change where everyone benefits, not just the rich bureaucrats and dictators.
What Can One Individual Do For Peace?
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
Be someone who can raise awareness of what is happening and start showing real care to your neighbor. Stop to think how other people feel and take a real interest in what is going on around you. Get off your cellphone and start communicating with the world. If you see an injustice… do something about it?
If you can, help someone who needs it. Don’t worry if you have no money. It’s the small things we do that helps people in ways that we will never know. Be someone who can be trusted and you will attract love in return.
Find your own way to spread peace among men and lift all of this to God and you will be blessed. For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son for the ransom of many. If God loves us that much, can’t we try to love others with the same feeling?
Where there’s love, peace is close at hand. Where there is peace, love thrives… and when love thrives, hate can be defeated. You just have to believe that when you promote love you are helping the world find peace.