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Being at Peace With Ourselves and Others

Many people are concerned at the breakdown of community life. And rightly so since we all know the joys of a well integrated society and the sadness when there is disintegration. But it is not only society that disintegrates so easily, it can happen in us as individuals. Some people find it difficult to live with themselves. This can be caused by regrets and guilt when we have failed or by how we have responded to others who might have hurt us.

Two illustrations that I’ve come across point us to a way ahead. A way of being at peace with ourselves and others. The first is from A. W. Tozer who asks:

“Has it ever occurred to you that one hundred pianos all tuned to the same fork are automatically tuned to each other? They are of one accord by being tuned, not to each other, but to another standard to which each one must individually bow. So one hundred worshipers met together, each one looking away to Christ, are in heart nearer to each other than they could possibly be were they to become “unity” conscious and turn their eyes away from God to strive for closer fellowship.”

His context is church but the principle is the same. Attempts at being in tune with every other person can never permanently work since we are all so different (and so self interested). The only One who was fully human, fully integrated in Himself is the Lord Jesus. Keeping in tune with Him, singing from the same song sheet, will make integration a real possibility. This is especially so when we find forgiveness and strength through Him.

Put another way the spokes on a bicycle are closest to each other where they are attached to the hub. So, too, when we are attached to Jesus as Lord, as the hub, we are strongest and most likely to function where the rubber hits the road. An unattached spoke, at either end (the hub or the rim) is of no help to the wheel. On the other hand when attached to the hub and the rim it can play its part. So, too, with us. No one is as interested in our lives, whether as individuals or people living in community, as the living Lord. It really does make sense to be connected to Him and allow Him to call the tune.

Article by Peter Brain