“Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil 2:5).
BE A PEACEMAKER
Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. (Rom 14:19)
The last be-attitude we talked about was Patience. Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit, so is Peace. Have you thought about that they stand side by side?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Gal 5:22-23).
First comes PEACE. When you have peace in you heart you will be able to exercise patience. You don’t have patience? Ask for the PEACE OF GOD to fill your heart and give you patience. But let me alert you about one thing. When you pray for patience, expect to get trials. How else are you going to “practice” patience?
Today, let’s talk about Peace, about being a Peace-maker. About somebody that makes peace. The word PEACE is found more than 250 times in the Bible.
- The God of peace
- The Lord of peace
- The Gospel of peace
- The Bond of peace
- The Blessing of peace
- The Prince of Peace
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Rome: “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Rom 12:18). “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification” (Rom 14:19).
My Mother-in-law was a peacemaker. She taught her sons to try to live in peace with everyone. My late husband was a peace-lover. He did not want conflict. He would not address difficult issues. I was the one who took the blows. That’s okay. That doesn’t mean I like conflicts.
Here is a picture of the man who gave us the advice to make every effort to live in peace. One time he had such a heated discussion with his fellow-worker Barnabas that it ended up in them parting ways. Read about it in Acts 15:36-41.
Heated discussion between Paul and Barnabas
We are humans and we have different opinions. Even as peacemakers we will have discussions that are heated. Ugg! That hurts. But even in conflict we need to make every effort to live in peace.
“Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb 12:14).
Let’s focus on peace. A peacemaker “makes” peace.
I found a prescription for peace:
“(1) Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. (2) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, (3) present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:4-7).
Do you see the three “easy” steps?
- Don’t worry
Many times it’s easier said than done. If you have peace in your heart, you will “make” peace; you will be a peacemaker.
The joy of the Lord is our strength. Let Jesus, the Prince of Peace, be your joy. I’m not writing this seated on a Joy Pedestal; no, I’m in the midst of the battle. I have to “make” peace. Only Jesus can help me. With Him on my side I can be a peacemaker.
Let’s be Peace-makers!
The Prayer of Peace
written by saint Francis of Assisi
Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is discord, harmony;
Where there is error, truth;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.