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March 2015

Text:

“These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates” - Zechariah 8:16.

Comment:

To live in harmony, communities must have the opportunity to come together, discuss problems and issues and establish a mutual regard and respect for their differences. The truth, based on the fear of God, should be their watchword, for it is the basis of peaceful co-existence. (John 8:31,32) There is no credible alternative to dialogue and the peace table.

The youths should learn to present their problems to legitimate authorities and to patiently discuss issues. They should direct their energies for development of their communities rather than to violence. Both young and old members of the community should consider the opportunities to ensure mutual support and good relations between generations in honesty and for the common good.  St. Peter admonished: “Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.” (1 Peter 5:5). Moreover, God declares through Zechariah the prophet, “These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.” - Zechariah 8:16, 17.

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