Peace I leave with you; my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. John 14:27 NASB
As a little girl watching the Miss America pageant, I remember the contestants and how they spoke of their desire for world peace. A lofty goal I will admit, but a genuine hope for our world. Over time, the “world peace” answer was made fun of by unkind people, but my young heart loved the idea of someone who desired peace.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
As that same little girl I remember the volatility of my parent’s on again – off again marriage which finally ended when I was about 10 years old. Though I did not know much about God, I do remember asking the God I hoped there might be, if He would bring peace to my family. I did not understand the constant arguing and yelling. Hearing my parents fight was nearly unbearable. Sadly, their divorce actually brought a time of peace.
As a grown woman I still do not understand quarrelling and bickering. The way I see it, if we wake up each morning with thoughts and a prayer of being a blessing to those the Lord has entrusted to our care, then selfishness goes away making room for peace and contentment.
Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. Psalm 34:13-14
Some, by way of personality, are natural peacemakers, while others struggle with the desire to always be right. Some would rather give in and lose an argument even when they are correct just to keep peace, while others will fight to the death even when they know they are wrong.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. Romans 12:18
There are many reasons why some are peacemakers while others feed off of an argument or heated debate. Life experience alone can transform our personalities from who we were created to be. Satan, at his very core desires nothing more than for God’s children to fight and become less than peaceful, loving, followers of Christ.
“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My loving kindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,” says the LORD who has compassion on you. Isaiah 54:10
You may be the peacemaker in your family and struggle with knowing how to continue setting a peaceful example especially if you live with someone who desires power in fighting. If this is you, I pray God will give you an extra measure of peace and contentment while He works in the hearts of those who may need a swift kick in the tush. Whatever you do, don’t give in to the temptation to add fuel to a fire in retaliation. In a heated moment, silently pray for the Holy Spirit to give you words of peace. He will, I promise!
If you struggle with being a peaceful person, then I encourage and even challenge you to pray to be a person of peace. This does not mean we should become doormats who are used and abused, but someone who genuinely desires peace in our home and workplace. Even Jesus got angry a time or two, yet He taught us never to sin in our anger. There is such a thing as righteous anger, but I hope I never use that as an excuse to be angry towards anyone. I truly want to be a peacemaker who sets a good example of standing up for good rather than giving in to evil. I know you do too.
Jesus came to us as the ultimate peacemaker. He is the final, ultimate sacrifice for our un-peaceful, sinful nature. Let us all commit to praying for each other for peace and love to reign in our homes and hearts.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 5:6
Dear Father in heaven, please forgive me when I’ve lost my tempter when I should have been a peacemaker. Please help me to be more and more a peaceful person who seeks to honor Your sacrifice daily. I pray for those reading these words to be kept safe from others who seek a fight, and for each one to be a person who strives for peace in their homes. Thank You dear Lord for sending us the ultimate Peacemaker. I love you so. In the matchless name of our Lord and Savior, amen.
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