18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:18 New International Version
Are you a peacemaker who is involved in creating a peace culture in your home, church, workplace, and community?
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus announces a blessing on those of us who are peacemakers and genuinely building peace in our community and around us.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Scripturally-speaking, a peacemaker is one who reflects the quality of Jesus who is our ultimate Peace-Maker (Romans 5:1). He or she is someone who pursue peace with everyone (Romans 12:18) and works hard to ensure peace and prevent the building up of conflict but resolve it constructively and positively.
People do not come to church or any gatherings wanting to get involved with conflict. Sadly, conflict does happen, and when they do, they can destroy friendships, break the fellowship and hurt lots of people. This is why it is crucial for every one of us to make every effort to minister peace that brings healing and forgiveness.
There are those who confuse peacemaking with peacekeeping.
Keeping the peace is passive, but making peace is proactive. Peace-keepers create a false sense of peace by sitting on the fence, pretending everything is fine when it is not. They are not very helpful to resolve unhealthy situations and in some cases, they may even make things worse. Peace makers, however, are interested in real peace and really about everyone living peacefully together. They have the courage, discernment and determination to do right and make sure to do everything right so that there is peace, wholeness and reconciliation.
Let peace start with you. Practice peace and do only good wherever you are. The Apostle James tells us that those who actively work for peace—that is reconciling people to God and one another—will produce fruits of righteousness, both in themselves and others.
The fruit of righteousness are the characteristics of our God Himself. When we establish our friendship and fellowship with the bond of peace and love, all the good things of God can be enjoyed and experienced by everyone. Then people can say God is in our midst.
Application: What is the Holy Spirit saying to me from today’s scripture reading? What is it saying about God and me and helping me in my Christian walk?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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