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Something to read

Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the Lord, saying, ‘The Lord is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.

- 1 Samuel 20.42 .

Something to think about

What are your favourite Bible verses about peace?

Scripture points us to Jesus as the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9.6). God’s people are blessed with the means to be peacemakers (Matthew 5.9) and God’s desire is for us to have a peaceful life (Numbers 6.26, John 14.27).

Peace is relational (Romans 12.18, 14.18-19, Matthew 5.9) and it is God’s will that we, like Jonathan and David, share kingdom peace with each other. The challenge is immense but through the power of the Holy Spirit we can bring about the peace of God in our world.

Let’s consider and seize the many opportunities we have to bless each other, beyond the confine of the communion tables in our churches, with the pastoral blessing to: ‘Go in peace to love and serve the Lord’ in our personal and public life.

Something to do

Find out about Christian Aid's work to build peace around the world and consider how you could get involved. 

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Something to pray

God of Peace,
we pray that you will strengthen
relational peace-building initiatives
across the world.
May people across the globe
discover ways to work in harmony
and bring your peace on earth.


Adapted from a contribution by Rev Phyllis Thompson, Education Director for the New Testament Church of God-Leadership Training Centre at the time of writing.