My friends, more than ever we need peacemakers. The challenge that we face is that most of the time we do not know what a peacemaker is and how to be one. In our last article we saw that to be a peacemaker, the person needs to have peace with God and also peace with others. When they pass these two requirements, they will be able to produce peace.
3 – THE PEACEMAKERS PRODUCE PEACE BETWEEN OTHERS
The third step in the peacemaker journey is to produce peace between others. James compares it with those who sow. We plant righteousness in peace. It is our work to make sure other people around us live in peace.
“James 3:18 Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness.”
Paul wrote in his first letter to the Thessalonians this: “1Th. 5:14-15 And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
In verse 15 he makes clear that we should not let anybody pay back wrong for wrong. The peacemaker will produce reconciliation between enemies, or people who have broken relationships. The peacemakers are the ones who will intervene and produce reconciliation. They will do that even if it will cost them.
How many times is the peacemaker the one that will suffer in a fight? He or she is the one who will step in the middle and try to solve the differences between two or more people. This needs to be done with Prayer, Wisdom and with the work of the Holy Spirit. The peacemaker will sow righteousness; will make things right between two people.
4 – THE PEACEMAKERS PRODUCE PEACE WITH GOD
Finally, the peacemaker will produce peace with God. They will connect people who lost their relationship with God.
Paul calls this the ministry of reconciliation. This is what he said in the 2 Corinthians: “2Cor. 5:18-19 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”
This is the most important work of the peacemakers, to help people to reconcile with God. People who lost their faith; people who are angry with God; people who do not believe anymore, or never believed; the peacemaker will help them in their journey of reconciliation. The peacemakers will help them to find their way back to God.
When we make peace with God, peace with others, help people to make peace with each other and with God, we will be called children of God.
“Matt. 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
This is what Jesus said; they will be called children of God. This is a very important mark of a child of God, he or she is a peacemaker. They produce peace in all areas of life. They are Blessed!
Have a blessed week,