Be a Peacemaker

Times are burdensome.  There is no peace in this world.  All nations are having troubles and trials.  We can’t bring peace to the world.  It is in God’s hands.  The Lord still calls for us to be peacemakers; we have the ability to do it.

Matthew 5:Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

There is no real detail here.  Each of the statements made in this chapter are for us to consider and make a goal in life.  Before salvation, being a peacemaker wasn’t in our ability.  Now it is in our capacity.  We’re blessed.  No matter how we treat God, he’s good to us.  One of our greatest gifts is peace.  He says blessed are the peacemakers.

Are we doing our best to share the peace of God?  I need the blessing of God’s approval.  In our service of the Lord we are to follow him.  He tells us to follow peace.  The devil wants to take peace from families, from churches, and from our lives.  It takes more effort to be a peacemaker than it does a troublemaker.  Ask the Lord to help you not drive people away but to bring them to God.  When we read what it takes to be a Christian we see that God blesses.  He tells us in verse 8 that the pure in heart will see God.  We try and with God’s help we can.  We may not always get it right.  Just keep following him.  Jesus Christ was pure.  He overcame the temptation to sin.  The devil saw him as tempt-able, not beyond temptation.  He knew Jesus would feel all that we do.  It wasn’t just those 40 days in the wilderness.  The Bible says that after that time Satan left him for a season—a little while.  The devil worked through hearts of the so-called church people in that day.  The Pharisees were rattled by Jesus and Satan pressured them to go against Jesus.  They would have deserved it if Jesus had gone against them, yet he simply told them the truth.  It is only by the power of the Prince of Peace that we can have this.

It comes from God and spills out to others.  The Bible says in First John but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  Don’t treat the Lord like a spigot that we turn off when the glass if half full and say that’s enough; it’s as far as I’m going.  Jesus made salvation to be turned on and spilling over.  It’s not to be limited.  It is to be shared with others.  We are ambassadors of peace even to our enemies.  The best thing to do when someone tries to disturb your peace is to “let them have it.”  Don’t take your fist to them.  Give them peace.  Don’t be a troublemaker.  Can we do it?  We all have trouble with it.  We’ll be tried by the devil, by people.  Jesus caught it from all sides.  When he told the truth he was buffeted and made fun of.  Why?  He was bringing us peace.

Colossians 1 tells us that it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.  Jesus took our wounds but the chastisement of our peace was also on him.  They did everything to cause him to give it up, but he took it all to the end.  As Christians we’re reconciled to God by the terribleness of the cross.  We can show peace.  We can take the truth in love and draw people to Christ.  We have the Holy Spirit in our heart and the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.  The evidence of God in our life is to express the love of God.  Forgive.  Show peace as much as it is possible with all men.  Within us this is not possible, but with the Holy Spirit of God indwelling us we can be longsuffering not impatient.  We can have peace and gentleness.

People know how to press our buttons but Jesus Christ knows how to plug us in the right outlet of peace.  God is able to help us not to push buttons back.  It’s a tall order but saving us was a tall order.  We’re now new creatures in Christ.  We need to show him, overcome the old man and let the fruit of the Spirit come out.

Romans 5:1 says therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  We can love and bear each other’s burdens.  Put up with others; they have to put up with you.  I’m not talking about peace through compromise.  It’s through consecration.  All things are possible through God.

Ask the question.  Lord, can you make peace with me?  That way has been made and the least we can do is make peace with others.  Don’t close the door of God.  Consecrate yourself to the Lord for a life of blessing.  You’ll never have a better night’s sleep than when you have peace with God and others.  Jesus said he would leave his peace with us, not peace like this world gives—HIS PEACE, the peace of God.   We can’t do it without him.

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