Are You A Peacemaker? (Through the Gospels)
There is a difference between keeping peace, and making peace. Keeping peace is about protecting yourself from any turmoil that has the potential to bring chaos and confusion in your life. It’s primarily defensive.
Making peace however, is about going into chaos and bringing the peace of God into shaky and hostile environments. It’s primarily offensive.
Jesus calls us not only to keep peace, but to make peace. “Blessed are the peacemakers.” As children of God, we ought to take the peace of God and release it into the storms of life that people around us are going through. Jesus Himself, literally spoke peace into a storm that was about to kill the disciples, "Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (Mark 4:39). What a powerful imagine. Jesus spoke peace into chaos by releasing the peace of God that was within Him.
How do we do this?
By overcoming evil with good. Christians must let the goodness of God overflow from their hearts into the others. The goodness of God that we have experienced must rub off unto others who are going through difficult times in their life.
The one who does this, is living out the true Kingdom of God. The one who brings peace to others are highlighted by Jesus as sons of God. Meaning, the one who brings peace to others, are truly living out what it means to be a child of God.
Do you bring answers to problems? Are you a source of strength and hope to those who are in need? Let the peace of God be used as an offensive weapon to those around you who need a touch from God.