“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness—not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. 1
The Great Dictator was a political satire comedy-drama film, written, directed and produced, and even starred in by Charlie Chaplin. It was his first full-sound production movie, and was even nominated for 5 academy awards. Yet more than the accolades or the political references in the movie, it will be remembered for the final speech at the end of the film; part of which is quoted in today’s devotional. His speech highlights the importance of peace with all men, something that is echoed throughout the Bible, especially in Paul’s teaching to the church in Rome.
There is good in this world. There can be peace among all men. We don’t want to hate and despise one another, as quoted by Chaplin. Our natural desire is to be at peace with one another. No one likes war. No one wants to hate. That is not the way we have been made. Rather, we have been carved and moulded into God’s image by God Himself. That is the original plan for all men. Moreover, we have been blessed with ‘Peace’ as Jesus lives in us and He is the Prince of Peace. Friends, challenge yourselves to invite the Prince of Peace into your life and let Him bring peace and joy in your hearts. Let it be contagious. As much as possible, live in peace with all men. In this world, there is room for everyone! Don’t let difference separate us, but rather unite us in peace and harmony, through the fellowship of the Spirit..