One of the writers we so often mention, spoke often about the body of Christ, being in unity. It was precious in the older part of the Book, and the same in the newer part.
How often have we rejoiced and spoken about those who were in the upper room on the day of Pentecost. Even in the most remote and rural places among us, we often called to mind, that they were, “in one mind and one accord.” It does not matter if we all had it perfect to every word; we knew exactly what it meant.
I believe today, that there were reasons why the Holy Ghost fell upon our meetings with such true demonstration of the Spirit and Power. One, was this desire to be in one accord. One person who follows the Spirit, is so powerful. Add another two or three, much less most of the group endeavoring in doing that also, and you have a moving of the Holy Ghost, beyond description. Much has changed since the early days; those days when following the lead of the Spirit, was the sincere goal of most everyone. How different.
Pushing toward the point, in this hour now, and especially in the days ahead, there will be a greater need than every before, for those who know how to make peace. There is no doubt, that one of the reasons some of us have been tried so sorely, even pushed to the limit, is to gain patience. Whether anyone wants to hear it or not, it is indeed tribulation that worketh patience. Some seem to have a gift for that; most of us however, have to work extremely hard for it. Looking like it, is always exposed; sooner, or later.
Those who are lovers of themselves, cannot be peacemakers. If we cannot prefer our brothers and sisters, and genuinely desire to lift them up, there is no way we can help bring calm. Let us listen closely to what the Apostle Paul said in Romans 14:19: “Let us follow therefore after the things which make peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.” This comes just two verses below another scripture that we all have quoted so many times. “For the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” The Kingdom of God.
Either we believe the prophetic words of Jesus Christ, or we don’t. His disciples asked Him about the signs of His coming, and of the end of the world. We don’t want to consider what He said about the beginning of sorrows; but He said it. He spoke of the ways, people would be treating one another. Paul talked about these days, when people would literally hate those who are good; only because they have goodness. Particularly, because they are meek.
How well can we be a moderator between people or factions of all kinds, if we don’t know how to take the lesser seat. Even now, and in the days coming, it will take more patience, than we ever even thought we could have, to endure. If we cannot make peace with one another, how can we expect to navigate the days that were prophesied. We cannot be a peacemaker, if we have not learned how to humble ourselves. Blessed are these. And they shall be called, the children of God. Truly following, the Prince of Peace.
~ Robert Blackburn