Peacemaking is such a big part of unity. And one is either a proponent of peace or it’s disturber.
Peacemakers are needed in community, both in the world and in the Body of Christ; humans being naturally irritable, inclined to divide and what not.
Peace make. Because it’s so easy for a tiny little disturbance, disagreement or divide unaddressed to fester and end up blowing way out of proportion into something such as nations disputing and going to war.
In objection? A simple example like people “rudely” cutting in in queues or traffic and raging aftermath it’s likely to produce in one if one hasn’t learned to just ignore might change your mind. No? Okay. Let’s tell a different scenario.
So an impulsive boss yells at an employee who failed to deliver because not enough time was given to plan a spontaneous move, which really was the boss’s fault — but subordinates are always wrong right? Anyway, this employee gets home and projects her pent up frustrations towards her unassuming husband, who then goes on to snap at his daughter and deprives her from the normal bedtime story session she gets before bed. The daughter, obviously in her feels and used to hearing Mommy talk unkindly to Daddy goes to school the next day and bullies the introverted boy who’s got a crush on her, breaking his little heart and at the same time readying him up to become a Yoruba demon to every woman that’ll feature in his payback roster; all of whom leave their relationship with him broken or scorned with lower levels of self esteem than what they had when they met said Yoruba demon. So these women go on to find solace with rich men who don’t really love them and are ready to receive monies thrown at them as substitute for the lacking love because, “who no like money”? Next thing these no-love-receiving-money-sprayed women are raising love-lacking-entitled-impulsive daughters who end up leading Daddy’s company and yell at employees that fail to deliver; possibly causing another nation a huge loss in its reputation or resources and making it ready to fight.
Now imagine how different variations of this scenario happen on a per second basis all around the world. When not healthily addressed peace disrupted can lead to offense taken — a negative energy that will be negatively dispelled one way or the other.
So we find our relationships, immediate surroundings, communities, states, countries, continents, the world and even the Body of Christ being led by different categories of offense taken, disrupted peace and utter disunity.
But you see, God who calls forth light out of darkness is never one-upped. In the same way, He is more than able to raise peacemakers out of the most disunited areas.
These peacemakers are you and me. Plain and simple. We inherited this attribute the minute we met Jesus. He is the perfect peace that exists in the midst of the storm. Given that we grow each day into becoming more like Him, the outcome should make being peaceful — with not just with other peaceful people, but especially with those who aren’t — our default setting.
So let’s rise up. Let’s show mercy. Let’s make and be at peace with others. Let’s do one better and not even take offense — yes, offense can be dished out. However, we can decide not to eat from its plate. We can decide not to catch shades thrown or pay subliminals any attention.
It takes godly wisdom to peace make. We’d be surprised the dividends we’d get by so doing.
“But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and the fruit of good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” — James 3:17-18 NLT
“I appeal to you, dear brothers and sisters, by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, to live in harmony with each other. Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose.” — 1 Corinthians 1:10 NLT
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.” — Ephesians 4:2-3 NLT
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” — Matthew 5:9 NIV