Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
This hasn’t been me. I can tell you that much for sure. You can tell me what for sure? I have not been your peacemaker. If being a peacemaker in the world is how people will be able to recognize me as one of your children, then I have missed the mark. Why is that? I have been argumentative, I have been combative. I have even been inflammatory. I have been both defensive and offensive. I have fought vigorously for my rights, opinions and values. I have stood up for the truth. I have done battle for what I thought was right. I have been a debater. I have been a fighter. I have tried to correct every wrong that I have seen in the world. That is not all bad. There is value in fighting for truth and justice in the world. I don’t want you to sit idly watching injustice in the world. I don’t want you to ignore the truth. I don’t want you to live under falsehood. You know that. Yes, I do.
I am calling you to be my peacemaker in the world. Being argumentative, combative, and inflammatory are the ways of the world. I don’t want you to be either defensive or offensive. I don’t want you to vigorously fight for your rights, opinions or values. No one will ever recognize you as one of my followers if you conduct yourself in these ways. Do you want to be a bright witness for me in the world? Do you want to be able to bear fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Do you want my blessing to come into your life? Yes Lord, I want to be used by you. I want to be recognized as one of your children. I want to be a bright witness for you in the world. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want your hand to be on me. I want you to bless my life. Then you must live as one of my peacemakers. This is not optional. This is my calling on your life.
You may be wondering how will you know when to speak up and when to remain silent? You may be wondering how to fight for truth and justice while remaining a peacemaker in the world? Yes, I am. Those are good questions with no easy answer. What then? Follow me. Do what I ask you to do. Speak when I ask you to speak. Act when I call you to act. Expect that I will be leading you to be a peacemaker in the world. Expect that I will make you to be easily recognizable as one of my children. Will you do this? Yes Lord, I will.
Lord, I have not lived as a peacemaker in the world. I have been argumentative and combative. I have been inflammatory. Forgive me. Help me to live as your bright witness in the world. Help me to be a peacemaker, easily identifiable as one of your children. Amen
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