Peacemakers

Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matt. 5:9). But not everybody in this world is a peacemaker. Some people are troublemakers. They enjoy making trouble, and sometimes we have to live or work with them. That’s the kind of situation the psalmist found himself in when he wrote Psalm 120. “In my distress I cried to the Lord, and He heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue” (v. 1-2). He continues, “My soul has dwelt too long with one who hates peace. I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war” (v. 6-7). That sounds like a description of Jesus Christ. He was the Prince of Peace and came to bring peace to the hearts and lives of people, yet people did not want to follow or trust Him.

Ever since Cain killed Abel, we’ve had conflict in this world. Nations war against one another; families fall apart; and even Christians don’t get along with each other. David went through conflict. Jesus went through it. So did his Apostles. We experience it also. Still, we are to be peacemakers–not peace breakers. After all, we have the peace of God in our hearts, and we have peace with Him–we are not at war with Him the way unsaved people are. So wherever we are, we will experience conflict but also the opportunity to bring peace.

“I am for peace,” the psalmist says. Literally, the Hebrew text means, “I am peace. They are war.” Each of us is either a battlefield or a blessing. Each of us is either declaring war or declaring peace. Some people enter a situation, and peace comes in with them. Other people walk in, and war follows. Let’s ask God to help us in this wicked, conflicting world to be people who promote peace, not war.

God’s people are to be peacemakers. This world of never-ending conflict affords many opportunities for you to make peace. However, peacemaking often is not easy. Are you quick to promote peace when you confront conflict?

Strive to be a blessing to others–be a peacemaker.

More from Pastor Dustin Smith at http://www.timberlandbiblechurch.org/

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One response to this post.

  1. Psalm 120:6-7 – “Too long has my soul had its dwelling with those who hate peace. I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war.”

    Crazy verses there. I share that sentiment today as well. War, fighting and division on every level is so common today and many are forgetting that war is not God’s desire.

    As a Christian living in light of the Kingdom, we shouldn’t be “just like everyone else” in fact fitting in should be a sure sign that you’re not a Christian living in light of the Kingdom!

    Being the people of peace in each area of our lives – relational, marital, familial, national, etc – is what Jesus wants to be isn’t it?

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