God is God of peace: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you” 2 Corinthians 13:11
Jesus Christ is the prince of peace: “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6
His spirit is spirit of peace: “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” Romans 8:6
His kingdom is reign of peace: “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” Romans 14:17.
His gospel is the good news of peace: “He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near” Ephesians 2:17
Their children are peacemakers: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” Matthew 5:9
Peace is central to the gospel, indisputably they can’t be separated. We live in difficult times, days that cry out for peace; peace in the country, peace in the street, peace in the home, peace in our lives. In the face of this notable need for peace, we ask ourselves: How can it be obtained? Who could bring peace? When asking myself these questions Jesus’s words immediately come to my mind in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” According to this verse we can receive peace from Jesus, a truth that is repeated in Romans 5:1 “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Considering these passages that tell of us the peace that we can receive from Jesus, I also believe that as His children we also have a responsibility to make the effort to live in peace, to promote peace, to work tirelessly for a peaceful world, to be a mediator between those in conflict and to commit ourselves to non-violence. I couldn’t conceive in my mind an image of a passive peace, which depends exclusively on God. Instead, I believe in an active peace, where we, with God, make peace a reality. The Anabaptist Mennonite Church of Colombia preaches and demonstrates this principle in multiples forms; in its permanent training for peace, in public rallies that proclaim the will of God and the church for peace, in national organizations that work towards peace building, in weekly meetings that give peace testimonies and through thousands of prayers that are lifted up every day.
“There is something just as necessary as our daily bread, and it is our daily peace; without this peace this same bread is sour.” Amado Nervo (1870-1919), Mexican poet.