Peacemaking

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Watering the Tulips

09/07/2011

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

What a convicting verse in today’s turbulent world! If we have a desire to be seen as children of God, we need to be “peacemakers”. Does this describe you – at church? At home? At work? Or, are you the type of person that is always at the center of controversy? Do you call yourself a child of God in church and yet stir up problems everywhere you go? These are questions we must all ask ourselves in light of this verse.

In , we read, “But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Is this not directly linked to our text verse? We need to be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath” (James 1:19). Yet, we oftentimes are quick tempered and big-mouthed. Rarely do we ever listen when we ought to. This is man’s natural way. This is a lot of the problem when it comes to being a peacemaker. It takes work. It is not easy. But, the Lord never said it was easy. He did, however, say if we are able to control our speech, we are “able also to bridle the whole body”. If we do, surely peace will come much easier.

Paul encourages us in Romans 12:18, “If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” This is part of our proper conduct as children of God. This may mean that you have to put forth more effort than you are comfortable with. However, it will get easier as you put it to practice. The problem with most of us is that we rarely ever put forth much effort in this area. Oftentimes, we don’t even think of this as part of our faith. But, it is very much a part of our service to God. Remember, our text verse said we would “be called sons of God” if we are peacemakers. In other words, those outside would see Christ in us if we make an effort to live in peace.

If the truth be told, it is more difficult today to tell Christians from non-Christians in the workplace than ever before. Believers, oftentimes, are just as pessimistic as unbelievers. Children of God sometimes even lead in the negativity and backbiting which causes divisions among co-workers, family members, friends, and (sadly) even church members. This should never be the case. I fear this is the fruit of us being too attached to this world and not focusing on our eternal home. While we should be laying up treasures in Heaven (Matthew 6:19-20), we often have a tendency to dig foundations here. Let us always focus on eternal things rather than temporal things.

Children of God, pray today that the Holy Spirit will guide you into being a peacemaker. Put forth more effort than you ever have before to show forth this important Christian characteristic. Try to “be called” a child of God by those outside. In a dark and sinful world, the only light is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us live “live peaceably with all men” so we can share the Gospel with them.

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