“Peacemakers”

There are many types of peace, three of them might be—enforced, negotiated and voluntary. The dictionary definitions of peace often include the idea of absence or freedom from war, conflicts, hostilities, annoyances and anxieties. It is called a state of tranquility, order and security. In the secular realm some types of peace are: Global, National, Local, Vocational, Marital and Familial. Peacemakers in these areas should be: Statesmen, Negotiators, Soldiers, Policemen, Judges, Bosses, Teachers and Parents.

In general the majority of people obey the laws and authorities to avoid troubles, conflicts and fear of punishment. In fact, this is exactly what Christians are commanded to do (1 Pe 2:13-17) (Rom 13:1-7) (Tit 3:1). They are also told to live at peace with everyone in as far as it depends on them (Rom 12:18). They must seek and pursue peace (1 Pe 3:11). They must make every effort to live in peace with all men (Heb 12:14).

To become a peacemaker one must start with self and move outward to others. Our inner being must submit to and make peace with the Lord (2 Pe 3:14) (Jas 3:17). The first step is the hardest. One must give up the control of the will and become a new self (Rom 6:3-6). God’s love and discipline will begin to train us to become facilitators and peacemakers (Heb 12:11). His Holy Spirit will work together with our will and conscience (Rom 8:16) (Rom 9:1) and strengthen our resolve (Eph 3:16) by pouring out His love into our heart (Rom 5:5). We then can live a life of love and peace (2 Cor 13:11) (Rom 14:19) (Eph 6:15) (2 Th 3:16). We can become peacemakers with a gentle example not only to brethren (1 Th 5:13) (Gal 5:22-26) but to outsiders as well (Col 4:5) (1 Th 4:12) (1 Tim 3:7). “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God” (Mt 5:9).

–Jim Bailey