Peacemakers Are In Short Supply
Some of the most devastating kinds of disagreements occur between adult family members. I know that when my Grandma died, the ensuing arguments destroyed that tenuous family – my mother mostly avoid the carnage. And, just recently, I happen to overhear what seemed like an innocuous comment. I was not eavesdropping! Sometimes we end up at the wrong place at the wrong time. Anyway, this comment, overtly devoid of venom, was received by the hearer as crushing.
We find in Acts 7:26, where Stephen, the Church’s first martyr, spoke about how Moses acted as a peacemaker. It takes boldness to say, as Moses did, to bitter foes, “Men, you are brothers; why do you want to hurt each other?” The result of Moses’ intervention was that both men turned on him!
Peacemakers Are In Danger
For Moses, his work as peacemaker placed him in danger. Still, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers, for Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God…” (Matthew 5:9 ESV) Now, when I think about peacemakers, I also have to consider peacekeepers.
A peacekeeper typically is someone that is continually working to keep the status quo. Their motto is, “Don’t rock the boat.” There can be some merit in this approach, but it’s not maintainable, and Jesus didn’t call us to be peacekeepers. No, Jesus wants us to trust Him and, with love, peel away the facade of “It’s okay” so that the actual problems are revealed and dealt with.
Godly peacemakers are people who want to lance the boil so healing can begin. They see interpersonal conflicts as failures to live in the image of God. God will call you to active duty as a peacemaker. When called, you will need to be “prayed up” and in tune with the Holy Spirit for each word you speak or write will be judged. And, if we have any hidden dirty laundry, as Moses had, you can be sure that it will be brought out and thrown in your face. So, don’t have dirty laundry. Be like Daniel. Make sure that no matter how extensively your enemies search, they won’t find a valid accusation to bring against you.
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