I have been excited about the response from last Sunday’s message. Many of you have come to me to ask questions about it and you are examining the Scriptures. I want to commend you for being like the Bereans that you are not simply taking my word for it, but making sure what I have to say lines up with the Word of God.
This coming Sunday, I have to share what I believe to be an important message. I want to ask you a question. Are you a peacemaker or are you a peacetaker? We might strive to be neutral in conflict, but the reality is that we are going to be one or the other. Our greatest offense is often not the actions we take, but our lack of action.
Life is filled with conflict. Conflict is something that is impossible to avoid. I will tell couples preparing to get married that the absence of conflict is not what makes a great marriage, but rather it is how you handle and deal with that conflict. It is not a matter of if the conflict will come, but when the conflict will come.
If we are truly honest with ourselves most all of us probably do a lot more peacetaking than we do peacemaking. I know I am better at being a trouble maker than I am a problem solver. Being a trouble maker is too often my default and I have caused way too many disputes.
Two Scriptures are instructive here:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9
Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18
The work of God is for us, as followers of Jesus, to work to restore what is broken. God has made us ambassadors of reconciliation. We are to work to heal what is hurt, mend what is torn, and build up what is fallen.
If you are not working to build up, then you are working to tear down. When people are at odds, it is your God given responsibility to work as a peacemaker. If you are to follow Jesus it is impossible for you stand on the sidelines and ignore problem.
So be a peacemaker! This Sunday I will talk about how to do that. Hope to see you there.