Being God’s Peacemaker
John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Some may ask what it means to be a peacemaker. More importantly, what does it mean to be God’s peacemaker? To be God’s peacemaker is to understand the difference between peacemaking and peacekeeping and to practice the Biblical pattern of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 – All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
To be God’s peacemaker is to discern the nature of conflict. Ephesians 6:12-13 – For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Finally, to be God’s peacemaker is to accept that peacemaking is an ‘inside out’ process. Romans 12:2 – And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
For Further Study
Romans 12:1-2, Ephesians 6:12-13
Personal declaration for the day
Today I will be God’s peacemaker in Jesus’ name.
Questions for you to reflect on
What steps do you plan to take to be God’s peacemaker in your circle of influence?
When do you intend to begin?