“Are You a Peacemaker?”

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The Bible is full of many word pictures of what a true Christian looks like. One of those sections of Scripture, which offers us both helpful exhortation and practical direction, are the words of Paul in Romans 14:9-21. And imbedded in this blessed portion of God’s Word, is the very helpful counsel of verse 18, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”

Another key example, are the words of Peter in his first epistle, chapter 3, verses 10-12, “For Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him seek peace and pursue it.” Our final example, among so many others, comes from the writer of Hebrews. Which further supports our main proposition from Romans 14, cited above, “Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness, without which, no one will see the Lord” (12:14). Beloved, are you able to see, in the above Scriptures, that God views the Christian’s responsibility to pursue peacemaking with all men, as a matter of highest priority? Can you see that God is against people who are not willing to heed His wise counsel on this vital matter? Can you see that this particular concern, taken lightly, may have dire eternal consequences? O Dear friends, don’t you know that God desires His people, above all people, to evidence an other-worldly conduct toward those who dislike and oppose them? Dear friends, we live in an age when many children and their parents, as well as many siblings and their extended family, one to another, regularly avoid and rarely speak with each other. Hatred, bitterness, un-forgiveness, jealousy, envy, anger, and rivalry; and others, are just some of the many sins that are lying behind this grievous display of carnality. And, I wish I could say that the church is immune to these moral ills, but that is sadly not the case. In fact, many accusations of hypocrisy against the church are justified, because these same sins are, too often, very prevalent among professing Christians. Amazingly, those same sins, are committed regularly by those who are related by both human blood and the blood of the Lamb (Matthew 12:46-50; Mark 6:3; Luke 18:28-30)! Remember, our Lord Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). I leave you with the helpful words of Isaiah, “And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness, and trust forever” (Isaiah 32:17). Yes, indeed, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

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