Learning to Be a Peacemaker

Learning to Be a Peacemaker
Devotion by PastorAlexander Redd
November 16, 2023

In Matthew 5:9, Jesus says, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

These words hold great significance and guide us as believers in Christ. In a world that often seems overwhelmed with violence and hate, Jesus calls us to be peacemakers, to pursue peace and reconciliation actively.

Being a peacemaker does not mean merely avoiding conflict or turning a blind eye to injustice. It involves actively seeking peace, promoting understanding, and working towards reconciliation, just as Jesus did during His time on earth. As followers of Christ, we are called to reflect His character and extend His love to others.

Living in a world marred by violence and hate can be challenging for believers. We may face opposition, criticism, or even persecution for our commitment to peace. However, as peacemakers, we can make a significant impact. Our actions, words, and attitudes can help transform the atmosphere around us.

To be peacemakers, we must first cultivate peace within ourselves. This requires surrendering our own selfish desires, forgiving others, and embracing the teachings of Jesus. By allowing His peace to dwell within us, we can then become instruments of His peace in the world.

Being a peacemaker also means engaging in dialogue and promoting understanding. We must be willing to listen to others, empathize with their experiences, and seek common ground. Through respectful communication and genuine love, we can bridge divides and sow seeds of reconciliation.

As we strive to be peacemakers, we must remember that our ultimate source of strength and guidance is Jesus Himself. He is the Prince of Peace, and His Spirit empowers us to live out the calling of being peacemakers. Let us continually seek His wisdom, rely on His grace, and draw inspiration from His example.

As believers, we are called to be peacemakers in a world that often seems to be filled with violence and hate. By embracing the teachings of Jesus, cultivating inner peace, promoting understanding, and relying on His strength, we can become agents of transformation. Let us remember that our purpose is to reflect the character of Christ and bring His peace to a broken world.

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