Blessed Are the Peacemakers
I grew up in an environment where peace was not the norm.
As I grew older, contention became a comfortable and familiar place for me. I certainly didn’t love finding security in a hostile environment, but I was good at participating in it. I began to make excuses for why I was warring, saying that I was standing up for what was right. If there wasn’t peace then it couldn’t be my fault…I was just standing up for the greater good!
However, even in the midst of this, I remember watching others with a peaceful demeanor thinking,
“Lord! That’s all I want…A quiet, and gentle spirit. I want so badly to be a peacemaker!”
You know, like Abigail, the wife of King David. She decided to be a peacemaker by elevating her husband’s enemy in order to avoid mass blood shed and war.
It wasn’t until my early 30s that I began listening to the promptings of the Lord and beginning to understand the meaning of what I was praying for. And it was going to be HARD! I was going to need to allow God to shed light on my selfishness, stubbornness, and my hard heart towards those God loves.
It’s my desires within me that keep me from being able to be a peacemaker. James talks about this.
“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1)
The belief that I had to fight others to keep my rights and maintain my beliefs was going to have to be released.
So what then is a peacemaker?
When I hear the word peacemaker it sparks a plethora of thoughts. Peacemaking can be hard; what if someone doesn’t want peace? What is peace? Most of us are peace lovers rather than being willing to be peacemakers. But as Jesus was giving the sermon on the Mount he was calling us to be peacemakers,
“…for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9)
Looking to Jesus as my example became vital to walking in victory. He came to serve, not to be served. I slowly began to see and recognize what fleshly desires hindered success at peacemaking. But exactly how committed was I to walking after the promptings of the Lord?
To leave my flesh in the grave?
Am I willing to hear someone out?
Am I willing to be wrong?
Am I willing to do the hard work as He molds me into His likeness?
If not, then my hope of being a peacemaker is HOPELESS! It cannot be achieved outside of the source of the only true peace.
But if I am….then the floodgates to building bridges of peace will begin! A peacemaker experiences the peace of God (Philippians 4:4-7) because he is at peace with the God of peace (Romans 5:1) and seeks to live at peace with all others (Romans 12:18).
The first step in becoming a peacemaker is acknowledging my own need for a peace between myself and God. Jesus did that for me by dying on the cross. His sacrifice was the “peacemaking” between God and man. There is no peace to be had outside of the source.
Next, I look to Him as my example. He came to serve, not to be served.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” (Philippians 2:3)
We will not always get it right, nor will we ever be able to please everyone. But to be called “children of God” requires a life that is walked out in humility and servanthood toward others, remembering that it is God alone that has the final say and is the final judge.
In a world where we see division on every side, hurt and pain beyond belief, and the holding fast to our rights, we are called to be peacemakers. Paul instructs us in Romans 12:18, as much as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
“With all lowliness and gentleness, with long-suffering, bearing one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit, in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:2)
Some may think this means to succumb to the times, to let truth become obsolete and to embrace all things as acceptable. That’s being a peace lover, not a peacemaker. True peace can only come when we seek truth in the light of God’s word and what he says. The false narrative we have all believed for far too long is that in order to love you, I have to agree with you.
I can love you, serve you, and deeply care for my fellow man without agreeing to all things or seeing eye-to-eye on every issue. Yet, at the same, time pointing my fellow man to the source and gospel of peace.
This is when I must turn my eyes to Christ the redeemer of my soul, and ask for a love that penetrates beyond difference and strength to stand for truth and seek peace. It requires me to look at myself first; to see that my own sin is no different than the next, to love with a humility that is sparked by grace.
I am a deeply flawed, saved by grace Jesus lover. A stay at home mom with two beautiful girls, Isa and Katja, and wife to Livio of nearly 15 years. My passion is women and relationships.
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