The new you… a peacemaker!
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Yesterday, we learned that true peace is not the absence of conflict – true peace is when we submit our hearts and minds to the ways and views of Our Creator.
This is so important when it comes to understanding our role as peacemakers.
Being a peacemaker does NOT mean we are peacekeepers.
A peacekeeper is one who stands in the middle of two opponents and refuses to let them “work out” their troubles. In other words, the issues that are causing their opposition are never discussed, or addressed – the opponents are just sent to their separate “corners” and never allowed to come out fighting.
While this seems like a good (and peaceable) solution, the truth is that when our issues are never resolved they grow and fester within us. They become issues of the heart, rather than the mind – and no one can be at peace who is at war with another, in their heart.
But God calls us to be peacemakers. A peacemaker works to help others resolve their differences by representing the Truth. We stand in the middle of the conflict, or on the edge of this world’s chaos, and hold out the true view of the Creator. We are called to bring the view of our Father God into focus – so that those who need peace, can find peace in Him. We are here with the understanding that those who have not received Jesus are ALREADY at war with God.
But He has not come to condmen us… or go to battle with us – He has come to redeem us from our slavery to fear, conflict, chaos, and death.
The Prince of Peace does bring “peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.” (Luke 2:14) That means, very simply, God’s peace (true peace) comes to those who have ended their conflict with their Creator and have received what He so freely offers through Jesus. The ones “with whom God is pleased” are those who have surrendered their hearts to the Prince of Peace.
The apostle Paul was inspired to put it this way: “Since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us.” (Romans 5:1)
Jesus knew something that this world so quickly forgets… until we have peace with God, we cannot have any true and lasting peace in this world. We CAN have absence of conflict – but NOT a true peace.
Jesus came to give us what we were made to receive. “A gift the world cannot give.” Peace! A peace that surpasses even our ability to describe it. We were made to receive peace, and to offer peace – in the abundance by which it was supplied to us.
This is at the heart of the new you – to BE a peacemaker.
Prayer focus: God, give me the wisdom to be a peacemaker, and to know when I am trying to be a peacekeeper.