The world absolutely needs peacemakers. As followers of the Lord we are called to be instruments of His peace; and if we truly serve His church, this is what we are, for His kingdom is a kingdom of peace.
The first thing, of course, is at least to not sow seeds of strife; and how easy it is to sow such seeds! It often takes effort not to sow them — not to be an Ishmael, who was always looking for trouble! He was not a peacemaker! (see Genesis 16:12).
It stands to reason that before we can make any positive contribution to the peace of the world around us we must first overcome this natural tendency to sow seeds of strife or smugness within ourselves.
When we determined to pursue peace, the Ten Commandments are our strongest support tools! Just imagine what a much more peaceful world it would be if everyone kept the commandments — if there were no killing, stealing, adultery, lying, or coveting. “Oh that you had heeded My commandments!” the Lord said to Israel. “Then your peace would have been like a river…,” Isaiah 48:18.
In the Days we now live in we know the importance of observing these laws in the spiritual sense as well as the natural. We want to refrain from gossip for instance, so we don’t risk stealing others’ good names, or even harm their reputation!
The new commandment which the Lord gave during His life on earth, that we love one another as He has loved us, if obeyed would bring great peace among men! (see Matthew 7:12). And Certainly this would increase the peace in our homes, if husbands and wives, and parents and children would seriously reflect upon how they could better love one another and seek the Lord’s help in this, how peaceful and happy our homes would be!
If there is little peace in the world, it is because there is little peace in the hearts of men. Any consideration of how we might promote world peace must begin with how peace can be established in our own lives.
How can we make peace with ourselves? First, we must recognize the only source of peace comes from the Lord through heaven. Maybe we expect too much of this world! The world does not give peace! No, not the real, lasting peace of the soul that we most need.
No change in worldly circumstances can bring us into a state of genuine peace. The most important thing is to acquire a treasure of peace in heaven — inner peace. And it starts with our lives being yielded to the Prince of Peace! We ask Him to make us HIS instruments of peace! This makes us a blessed people! And if we are busy “peacemaking” we are in fact acting like our Heavenly Father!
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God,” Matthew 5:9.
~ Mary Lindow ©
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