Rise Above It

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:19)

In a world full of chaos, peace is in high demand. Those who can make some are quite valuable indeed!

There is a big difference between active peacemaking and settling for “peace” in passive manner.

The one who wedges themselves between two hostile parties to stop a fight is actively making peace.

The one who hides under the table out of fear is, in fact, not making peace, but is merely avoiding conflict.

These types try justify their actions by claiming the issue was “none of their business,” or that they didn’t want to hurt anyone – out of love for everyone.

Such inaction is actually not the love of others; but pride of self. (1 Corinthians 13:5)

It’s an overbearing concern for one’s own safety – or too much care for the opinions of others instead of the will of God. (Romans 12:1-2)

It takes courage, selflessness, and love to lay down your life to benefit the greater good.

As Jesus explains: “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for their friends.” (John 15:13)

No one is suggesting that you should be a troublemaker, sowing discord and gossip and causing fights under the pretense of “trying to help.”

No, you are not.

Don’t interject yourself where you are not needed; but rely on the Holy Spirit to grant you discernment to know the difference.

Ask God if you should intervene, and if He puts it on your heart to act, then do so with boldness and conviction, without hesitation or apology.

That is active peacemaking.

When trouble arises, can you be counted on to put an end to it, or will you just make it worse?

“A harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.” (John 13:35)

By loving others and making peace, you remove any doubt or guesswork: People will know that you are a child of God simply by your actions.

It’s not always easy, and in fact, it can be downright scary to involve yourself in the middle of a conflict. Most people are so keen to avoid confrontation that they don’t even stand up for themselves!

But God’s people are not “most people.”

They are a holy people, set apart.

They are peacemakers.

They understand the danger and they rise above it.

Amen!

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