Discipleship

The way of peace, the way of God

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photo credits: dioknox25.org

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

According to Vine’ expository dictionary of New Testament words, a peacemaker is a founder or promoter of peace [Greek: “Eirenopoios”]

We live in a world torn apart by war, where the society is being held hostage by conflict and animosity on every side. The last 2 World Wars for example has brought untold sorrow and pain and misery to millions of people. It also costs millions of dollars that could have been spent on basic services and upgrade public infrastructures and industries.

A peacemaker pleases the LORD and Biblical peacemaking is only committed to genuine reconciliation and action that brings glory to God.  In 2Cor. 5:18, the Word of God says: “All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation”. In other words, this advocacy of peacemaking is not from us but from God.

A peacemaker should not be confused with a peacekeeper. We said that peacemakers try to bring reconciliation; peacekeepers on the other hand try to stop the conflict. Peacekeepers act out of duty; peacemakers act out of love.

A peacekeeper does not take sides; a peacemaker is committed to both sides. Both are willing to sacrifice their personal goals to the altar of common good.

photo credit: loganchristianchurch.org

photo credit: loganchristianchurch.org

Peace is not the absence of war, but the presence of Christ in the heart. If Christ is in us, this fruit of the Spirit (peace) should manifest in our lives. Do we have that inner peace today?

Peace has three (3) realms: personal, family, and community.

Personal – Jesus knew that we will have troubles in this world. And so He gave us His peace and that would be enough for us. It would also mean that as followers of the Lord, we must ensure that we became part of the peacemaking process. When we are reconciled with God, then that’s the only time we can be a an agent of peace to others, to our family, and to our community.

Family – (spiritual or physical) – Matt. 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive you your sins”. So, why do we need to forgive others? Because our own salvation is at stake! If you cannot forgive others, you are in trouble!

Community – In Romans 14:19 the Scriptures tells us to make every effort to do what leads to peace. When the Scriptures say “make every effort” it means we must pursue peace with all our hearts – with everything we have, so that all of us (Christians and non-Christians alike) will be edified.

When God commanded us to be at peace with everybody, He knows that we cannot force other people to act in a certain way. There will always be unreasonable people who will oppose to anything we say or do. Having said that, God will not hold you responsible for their actions or for the ultimate outcome of the peacemaking process. What is important for us as Christians is to never stop finding a Biblical solution on how to be reconciled with one another.

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