Living as Peacemaker
You don’t have to think for long before identifying individuals who have stood tall as peacemakers in the pages of history. People like Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, or Nelson Mandela. People of great courage and tenacity. People who knew that the pain of change was not as bad as the pain of staying the same. People who waged peace and made a difference. They have led the way and forged paths which we ought follow.
In the past, the media gave the microphone to these select few, nowadays social media has given a megaphone to the masses. This allows us as Christians to stand for what we believe in and to use our collective voice to make a collective difference. The question is, what are we saying and what will that difference be?
Peace, like love, has collected varying meanings throughout time. We have an opportunity in our time to declare the true meaning of peace through our words and actions and introduce people to Jesus, the original peacemaker.
Everything Jesus did pointed to peace. In fact, His reason for coming to earth was to bring peace.
Where people mourned and experienced pain and heartache — Jesus brought them peace, comfort and healing. When the religious gathered to stone a woman, who had broken the law — Jesus offered her peace, forgiveness and justice. For those haunted with fear, regret or doubt — Jesus extended peace, freedom and restoration.
This same peace is still available and accessible today and we are called to extend it to the world. The truth is, we cannot truly encounter Jesus and not become a peacemaker. Being a peacemaker is part of being surrendered to God, because God brings true peace.
We are called to be peace MAKERS, not peace KEEPERS.
Peacekeepers keep peace from a place of fear through avoidance. Peacemakers restore peace from a place of strength through reconciliation.
As ambassadors of Jesus and agents of peace, it is time to step up and take personal responsibility to bring peace to our communities and cities. This will not be easy. It will require conviction, diligence, perseverance, and a willingness to step out of our comfort zones and model Jesus so others can step into their destiny with Jesus. It will be worth it!
Are you ready? Are you willing to be a peacemaker? Let’s #WagePeace together!
“How joyful you are when you make peace! For then you will be recognized as a true child of God.” — Matthew 5:9