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Are you a peacemaker?

    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9, ESV)


    “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18, ESV)


God’s people are encouraged to be peacemakers. Do you understand what that means? Or is it possible you have the same approach to peacemaking that the U.S. Military has over the years.

 

  • The first Peacemaker for the U.S. Government was the Colt .45 Revolver. If a soldier practiced long enough, he could have secure peace because of the fear that others had for him.
  • From 1949 until 1959, the B-36 Peacemaker flew for the United States Air Force. It was the first ­intercontinental bomber capable of delivering nuclear weapons from inside the aircraft in a bomb bay. The United States was able to enjoy peace because of the fear other countries had for their ability to deliver nuclear weapons.
  • The United States employed a Peacekeeper from 1986 until 2005. It was the LGM-118 Peacekeeper Missile that carried nuclear warheads. Because of this powerful weapon, the United States enjoyed peace due to the fear that other countries had for its power.

In each of those examples, peace was achieved because of offensive capabilities. The fear of what the U.S. ­Government could accomplish with a specific weapon generated peace. Is that what it means to be a peacemaker? Does it mean you have enough power to crush someone emotionally, mentally, or physically and out of respect they simply don’t bother you? Certainly not.


Perhaps the misunderstanding is what godly peace truly is. The context of Philippians 4 helps us see this:


do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6–7, ESV)


Peace in this context is the ability to trust God enough that it provides a calmness, assurance of well-being, and even joy in your life. It is the idea of having a certainty that your life will be protected and provided for by God.


Peacemakers are supposed to give that same stability and certainty to others. Being a peacemaker is really the idea of helping others reconcile to God so they can share the same assurances you do: God will take care of me.


Understand this… Satan does not want you to be a peacemaker. Rather than you helping others find Christ and be reconciled to God, Satan wants to tempt you to get caught up in anger, dissension, strife, etc. He uses those types of things in this world to keep us from being peacemakers. Don’t let him to do that. Go be a peacemaker this week!