Become a Peacemaker
Become a Peacemaker
One of the most difficult things for us to do when someone has hurt us and inflicted numerous lies and innuendos upon our character is to go to this individual and make peace. Of course we all realize that making peace must be a two-way street. The individual that we are making peace with must also want to make peace. And in some cases they have no desire to make peace. The Lord tells us that we will be blessed if we are peacemakers. Matthew 5:9 (ESV) 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. James tells us that when we make peace we will receive a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18 (ESV) 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.
The term peacemaker includes all who seek to make peace between men. It includes even those who endeavor to make peace, though they fail of success. They shall be called God’s children, because He is the God of peace: Romans 15:33 (ESV) 33 May the God of peace be with you all.
Whose supreme purpose is to secure peace and Who gave His Son to be born into this world as the Prince of Peace. Luke 2:14 (ESV) 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” Even our attempt to make peace with those who inflict injury upon us will be blessed by God.
The Lord is telling us to love our enemy and do good to those that despitefully use you. Luke 6:27 (ESV) 27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you. We should stop and think about this for a moment. Is it possible that you are becoming just like the one who has hurt you? Have you become a different person, someone you never intended to be, displaying attributes and characteristics you detest in others? Is hatred hardening your heart and turning it to stone?
God wants to set you free from all of this and that release will take place when you become the person that God wants you to become. As we stop and gaze at our Lord and Savior hanging on the cross for our sins this will help to penetrate our hearts, making us a compassionate person. Especially as we listen to the words that Jesus uttered on the cross: Luke 23:34 (ESV) 34 And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments.
The one thing that we should consider as we stand staring at our Savior hanging on the cross, is there a sword in your hand? Are you guilty of driving the nails into His hands and feet? Each of us must truly consider the cost and the price that Jesus paid on the cross for the purchase of our forgiveness, the agony He went through so that we could be set free. Hear Him extend pardon to His persecutors. Let His voice take the sword out of our hands.
Is there some sin in your life you still struggle to feel forgiveness of? What is the role of the cross and faith in making it possible for us to fully experience the reality of God’s forgiveness?
How well does your life reflect the forgiving heart of God toward sinners and others? Do you make the gospel believable to others by the way you respond to those who have wronged you?
I challenge you to take some time to meditate on the cross. What does the death of Christ mean for you, as a sinner? As one who has been sinned against?