Let me begin with this story: there was a woman in the suburb of a certain city (name withheld). Her disposition was the kind that allowed no room for children to come into her house, whether to play or take shade. Whenever the children around the neighborhood dare this; she is always at alert to fiercely drive them away heaping abusive statements on them, extending same to their parents respectively. This went on for long. At a point the children grew and she was old. Unable to work with her original two legs – but she had to improvise.
On a fateful day, she was coming back from the house of those owing her. Staggering about the foot path, unknowing to her; behold the boys she once molested and abused without reservation. Its payback time one of the boys muttered; yes! Replied another. She must be paid back in the same coin, yet another echoed. At this point she can hardly see clearly. Her walking stick was snatched from her. Leaving her helplessly crawling on the ground in misery (wicked right?). She asked what have I done to deserve these? One of the boys told her: you are the architect of what you re receiving now. Remember how you use to abuse and pursue us away from your house and insult our respective parents.
We came to make PEACE with you at that time but you rejected us and made us your enemies. Now we advise you to take this in good fate. And whenever such event happen to you, say to the people doing it to you “I forgive you all” otherwise we would make the rest of your days a living hell. Do you understand, yes she responded.
Now, lets come home, PEACE is what both the electorate and party aspirants should seek in the forth-coming election (2015). If the aspirants reject the electorate, shun, and disrespect them, they (aspirants), would become as the old woman in the story – who must learn by force or have her misery increased. And so, if you are an aspirant in any of the registered political party I charge you to do what the scripture says: keep your tongue from (speaking) evil and your lips from telling lies (Psalms 34verse13). If you set a thing to do, do it and fulfill all your electioneering promises.
Above all, the electorate and political party aspirants must make effort to live in PEACE with everyone in the neighborhood called Nigeria. And to be holy (Hebrew 12vs14).
In conclusion, as individuals and members of various groups in the larger society. We must give and receive PEACE. PEACE is not just the absence of commotion. But the presence of godliness in the lives we live, the things we think and do and the mindset we have toward others.
Take out time to say these words (Psalms 122 vs.6), I shall be PEACEable, giving PEACE and receiving PEACE at all times (say them seven times daily).
“Mercy has a human heart,
Pity a human face,
And love, the human form divine,
And PEACE, the human dress”
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