PEACEMAKERS: BLESSING AND HOPE

Protests… unrest… chaos… violence…. In many places on this planet there is no peace. In many lives peace has never been known. Does this describe your place… your life?

Sadly where there is no peace, there may be no hope.

I realize injustice exists. I understand life is too often unfair. Abuse and suffering reign in too many lives. What is to be done? How does one experience relief? Is peace even possible?

Peace… calm… rest… comfort…. To ponder these words may inspire some to reach toward achieving them. Unfortunately these words describe the opposite of reality for many who do not know how to obtain them.

Is there an answer to this dilemma? Is peace obtainable? The Bible teaches there is One Who is the Prince of Peace. Not only can He be known, He wants us to know and experience Him and the peace He offers.

It is no accident that He is called Prince of Peace. It was not on a whim or by chance. God knew this world would need peace, His peace. Contrary to those who do not understand His character and His timing, God provides that which we need. God understands our need, and He is our Provider, because He loves us so. That should give us hope.

When we seek Him and find Him, then we can become peacemakers and share the Prince of Peace and His peace that He gives. Then we are promised blessing.  “Blessed are the peacemakers” is a promise that brings hope.

As I am now mature enough to reflect on my life and past, I regret my failure at times to be a peacemaker. Although it is the past, these recollections should stir me to try harder and do better in the present to bring peace to others, to situations, to this planet.

I confess that those times of failure were when I chose to be defensive, to escalate situations, and even to retaliate. How much better it would have been to have chosen peace instead… to have been led by the Prince of Peace. I admit that so often I failed Him and missed His blessings.

Remembering that I can share peace only if I know the Prince of Peace, I look to Him — Jesus Christ — and to the Source of Wisdom, the Bible. I am thankful God provided this Book of Truth and especially that He gave the One Who is the Truth.

I am also thankful that when I make peace, I reap benefits — God’s blessings that include hope. God is good and faithful all the time. When I believe this, then it is my desire to be faithful, and that means making peace in a world where peace is desperately needed. Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant (you and) me peace (and hope) in every circumstance.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  (Matthew 5:9)

Finally, brethren, rejoice! Be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”  (2 Corinthians 13:11)

Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”  (James 3:18)

Setting your goal to become a peacemaker like Jesus will bring God’s love and peace to your life.”  (Lynette Kittle)

“… if we can catch God’s vision of what it looks like to be a peacemaker — to bring harmony, security and rest to a difficult situation — it will allow us to feel secure and at rest in the midst of conflict. We can stand confident as children of God. By learning to give peace the way we receive peace from Jesus, His peace flows through our lives.”  (Nicki Koziarz)

“World peace through nonviolent means is neither absurd nor unattainable. All other methods have failed. Thus we must begin anew. Nonviolence is a good starting point. Those of us who believe in this method can be voices of reason, sanity, and understanding amid the voices of violence, hatred, and emotion. We can very well set a mood of peace out of which a system of peace can be built.”  (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

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