The Bible says, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9) and “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)
I had to learn the hard way what that meant. It means that I am to make whatever sacrifices God calls me to make, in the interest of peace. It does not mean I am called to get in the middle of other peoples’ battles. I found that, when I did that, I often got shot at from both ends.
God’s calling upon me as a peacemaker means that I need to make sure my behavior is righteous, and that I am not contributing to the conflict. It does not mean He expects me to get in the middle of other peoples’ conflicts, especially if they have not asked for my help. I have no control over other peoples’ behaviors or opinions of one another. Unless they have solicited my advice and help, it’s best to remain silent and just pray for them. God alone can change hearts.
Jesus sacrificed His very life in order to reconcile people to God. Some people will receive that gift, and many will not. He wept over those who rejected His love, but He still left the choice up to them. Wisdom says to follow His example. I am attempting to do that, by His grace.
I love your writing and thoughts about peacemaking. They are right on with the Bible. God continues to make such a difference in many people’s lives through you. Thank you for sending your blog my way!
Hi Jorja. So much wisdom in your words! One of the blessing of maturing is learning exactly this! The world has no concept of the peace possible through Jesus. Only in Him can we know His calm in any situation. Unfortunately suffering opens the doors to our understanding. It would be nice if it could come with less pain. Praise God He knows what we need to go through to know Him more perfectly! Judy