While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 10 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day twenty-two with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to be a peacemaker.
Called To Be a Peacemaker
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.“
Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
Does your presence in a situation tend to increase the peace or the conflict? Why? How does your response to God’s call to peace influence your ability to be a peacemaker? Are there people in your life who have been difficult for you to make peace with? Why? Is it always possible to be at peace with everyone? Explain. What does it take for you to be at peace with God? With others? How can you apply those things to being one who helps others to have peace with God, with you, and with one another?
When we live with the peace that only God can give, He expects us to find ways to make peace even with our enemies. While peace is a two-sided proposition and we can’t force someone to a position of peace with us, our responsibility is to do our part as far as peace depends upon us. It is often through the process of listening and forgiveness that we find peace with God and one another and we are able to help others know the peace that comes from God. Living as a peacemaker among people becomes a much easier task when we first have peace with God and work at helping people find peace with Him.
As you pray about being a peacemaker, ask God to help you know exactly what it is that has brought peace into your life. Pray that you would grow in both listening and forgiving as you make peace with the people around you. Pray that you would have the humility necessary to be available as a peacemaker to those who are caught up in the midst of conflict. Pray for the persistence needed to keep at it when the going gets difficult and peace seems elusive.