Monday, 22 April 2013

Let Us Maintain The Peace

PEACE is only a five letter word and yet, how powerful is its influence! Peace is an indispensable ingredient in development. Peace in the home between family members - what a blessing! Peace in the neighbourhood - how desirable! Peace at the workplace - how refreshing! Peace in our schools - what a catalyst for academic progress! And peace within the nation - how priceless!

It has been said that we do not appreciate what we have until we lose it. May this never be true of Ghana. Investors from around the world are flocking in to Ghana. Some multinational companies are already making Ghana their West African headquarters. Tourists continue to arrive within our borders in their numbers. Why are they all converging on Ghana, from President Barack Obama of the US, through business tycoons, to the globe-trotting tourist? They all resound in unison, "Ghana is a peaceful country". As a bonus, they add: "Ghanaians are friendly", Do we appreciate what we have in the comity of nations? Ghanaians have often been reminded not to take the peace for granted. This is a timely reminder, but are we sincere when we sound such reminders? Granted, we are all different: We have different cultures and varied educational and social backgrounds, and there are differences in political and religious opinions. But must our differences divide us? Is it worth it? Must the maxim be, "My family, right or wrong", "my friend, right or wrong", "my party, right or wrong"? We do well to remember that the things that unite us outnumber and outweigh those that seem to divide us. We all have one thing in common, Nation-wide we enjoy relative peace. Let us make every effort to maintain the peace. Easier said than done. Still, no matter how challenging the attainment of peace might be, let's make the effort. We owe it to ourselves and to posterity to do so. 

Wherever we are and whatever we are doing, if we find that the situation is becoming explosive, then before trouble starts, let's take our leave. If we learn to leave the scene before the worst happens, then there will be no conflicts or near conflicts at home, at school, at the workplace or at Parliament House, when court is in session or hearing is over. Yes, graciously leaving the scene will avert confrontation. After all, it takes two to tango. Another way we can maintain the peace is by imitating the Good Samaritan who did good to a total stranger, a man of another nation, a Jew. In the same way, may we act in the best interest of one another regardless of where the other person comes from. The greatest formula for peace is LOVE. Jesus could not have expressed it better; "Love you neighbour as yourself." Your neighbour is your fellow human being. First Corinthians chapter 13, verses 4 to 7 explains love as follows: "love is long-suffering and kind. Love is not jealous,it does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It does not rejoice over unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things". Let us bear in mind that if we love our neighbours as ourselves our peace will be long-lasting. Let's give love a chance and reap its priceless by-product peace.

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