Be instruments of peace, Rio urges

Dimapur, December 23 (MExN): The Government of Nagaland wishes the people Merry Christmas and that the joyful event would bring out the best in all, to be instruments of peace. “Let this Christmas season bring out the best in all of us, and bring the people of Nagaland closer to one another, enabling us to glorify God and become instruments of peace in the world” stated the Christmas message from Nagaland Chief minister Neiphiu Rio.  

In Christmas, the greatest gift of God to mankind, in his act of sending his only son to save humanity, can be seen, the message said. “This greatest gift comes back to us afresh every year to remind and challenge us to give back out best to God and to our fellow human beings in return; that is the real purpose of Christmas and in fact, the purpose of life itself” the message said.  

The government’s message urged to give one’s best, to forgive and forget and to banish all that are ugly and selfish and replace them with love and compassion for real peace to reign. “We don’t find peace in our hearts, because we do not forgive others and when we forgive others we are at peace with ourselves; and then we can share that peace with others and build a peaceful atmosphere in the society” the message read. The message urged to make Christmas meaningful in that love is better than hate, peace is better than war, “cooperation” better than conflict, persuasion is better than force and that ‘gentleness is always better than violence’.  The people are wished a blessed Christmas and a peaceful and prosperous New Year ahead.