Are you working for peace?
“Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s favour] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His character and] be called the sons of God.” MATTHEW 5:9 AMP
Avoiding conflict doesn’t make you a peacemaker just like confidence in initiating difficult conversations doesn’t make you a troublemaker.
If you’re anything like me then you like to come off on top in a disagreement, however in the moment all your words roll into one and it isn’t until after the fact, when you’ve had time to process, that you form the most compelling arguments that would have silenced your opponent....by which point it’s too late and the moment has passed. You’re left frustrated with the individual and yourself as you re-rehearse for the 7th time how things could have gone.
How many of us actively go out of our ways to work for and maintain peace?
The aim of the peacemaker shouldn’t be the absence of noise (i.e. quiet, or more specifically shutting others down). Neither should it involve side stepping controversy in fear of challenging the status quo. Peacemakers exert energy to bring harmony and reconciliation amongst opposing sides, rather than prove their correctness. Peace-making requires the gifts of the Spirt as it is not the natural inclination of human beings. Peace-making may require the swallowing of pride, the releasing of offence and the putting back into perspective the issue causing the problem. Peace-making often walks in step with forgiveness and patience.
So in principle that makes sense.
However, the application is when we see the character of God. That can be hard! But we have the greatest example in Christ.
Is there someone you’re avoiding? Upset with? Was it you who caused the offence? With God’s help you can work for peace, those that do resemble their Father and are hence called the children of God!
“If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
Romans 12:18 AMP