Tonight’s hymn testimony has the theme: “Peace.”
My brothers and sisters, I cannot emphasize the impact the presence/absence of “peace” can have in a team, family, organization, community, village, province, country and Nation. There is sufficient evidence that without peace, all other pillars have no standing point because peace is the foundation to build good relationships and soil to cultivate the growth and nourishment of those relationships.
Today we find ourselves in a situation where the entire country is praying for former president Nelson Mandela, over the past few months prayers were being dedicated on his behalf that he should recover and get back to good health, now some prayer warriors have now shifted the prayer focus for God’s will to be done.
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Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 (KJV) says as follows:
“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all. For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.”
I am asking you all my brothers and sisters, to redirect your prayers and pray for the Mandela family, the absence of peace and fights for inheritance is not something which is unique to them alone, however because of their stature in society it has a greater impact.
The news of loved ones fighting for inheritance or legacies cannot be good for ones health.
I pray that God be the one that holds the family together not Mandela’s life, in that way, he too can also rest in peace knowing that he fought a good fight and that he will forever be remembered for rebuilding the nation to what it is today by simply echoing and practicing peace.
I further challenge each of you reading this to strive for peace at your workplaces, homes, churches and above all, peace from within.
Jesus is love and being in brotherly love with one another means, living in peace with each other. As humans, we will find areas where we view things different from each other but we must find peaceful ways of communicating our views in a peaceful manner.
They say charity begins at home. Build and nurture your relationship with God so that you can be at peace with who you are.
Remember the lessons from Psalm 139: We are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14 (KJV)
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Verse 1 from the Lifela Tsa Sione hymn 91 says as follows:
” Re rata ha re ka bona
Jesu, letsatsi la rona;
Taba tsa hae ke leseli
Le lelekisang lefifi.”
This verse tells us that Jesus is our light that casts all darkness away.
The entire hymn continues to tell us that if we are to rely on our own strength we will not get far.
Psalm 27:1 (KJV)
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
In all things that we may ask of our Lord God, may it be for peace to reign the land.
God be with you all.