What’s a Peacemaker?
Hullo Friend. Thank you for working through our library and finding this entry on the bookshelf. The focus here is about becoming a Peacemaker and investigating its reward; being called a Child of God. I must warn you however, my discoveries here reveal a very difficult and arduous stretch of the Jesus Path. Becoming a Peacemaker is difficult and being a bonafide child of God means taking on suffering and pain. Let’s start with some aspects of being a Peacemaker – and like always, let me stress that these insights are by no means exhaustive and I encourage you to expand and clarify this topic in your personal studies.
A peacemaker stops quarrels
Stopping quarrels is contagious – and God instructs us here that we all share equal responsibility in it. Notice in the verse below, the bit about equal concern. By becoming someone who works to keep the peace between others – you nurture and promote the same intuitions others. Notice too the emphasis to stopping quarrels with a gentle and kind spirit.
- There should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other – 1 Corinthians 12:25
- If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men – Romans 12:18
- But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children – 1 Thessalonians 2:7 (KJV)
A peacemaker brings good into the lives of others
The peacemaker brings good into the lives of others by their example (see below: let YOUR light shine) – not for personal praise; but to point to God – peacemakers skip from doing good deeds to directly to glorifying God – leaving out glorifying self. The peacemaker doesn’t use surrogates – but laboring with their own hands – give good things to people under stress. That good can mean a gamut of things – time, resources…. Something to share – something to put into place once the quarrels are stopped. Note too, Peacemakers are alert to the needs of others – he sees his brother has need – but the key is to make provision for them – that we do not shut up our “bowels of compassion.”
- Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven – Matthew 5:16
- We must labor, performing with our own hands what is good, so that we will have something to share with one who has need – Ephesians 4:28
- But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? – 1 John 3:17 (KJV)
A peacemaker does not compromise with evil
Enter here one of the most difficult aspects of ministering to each other – and that is the practice of correction. The peacemaker knows that there can be no peace in the face of compromise with evil. We must note the first verse emphasizes that correction must be done with gentleness. Reprove and rebuke don’t sound like peacemaking terms – but true peacemakers cannot accept the presence of evil. Note the second verse speaks of patience and instruction. And the source of instruction must be the Bible – not just opinion. Peacemakers knows they must defy evil as defined and outlined in the Bible
- With gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth – 2 Timothy 2:25
- Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction – 1 Timothy 4:2
- All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness – 2 Timothy 3:16
What’s a Child of God?
The promise the Lord Jesus makes for those who pursue peacemaking is that they shall be called the children of God. Now just what is this? What can we glean from Scripture to instruct us?
The child of God is disciplined by Him
The Word is clear that children need discipline. So the peacemakers reward to be counted among those who suffer and are corrected by God. When you are going through the trials of life – it is to teach you to stand tall – and not compromise. Don’t speak, live and handle your stressors like the world does – dig in and be humble is the way of the Jesus Path – the world tells you that you need more “me time” – that you deserve more – that it is okay to act immodestly- that selfish indulgence is a secret that can be shared with close friends. Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die anyway. But that worldview is the short view – God is in it for the long haul. God wants His children to walk the Jesus Path, and not just intermittently – Sunday mornings and Thursday nights. The child works like that. Always moving on to other entertainments – children moan I’m bored – and seek distractions. But God disciplines us – He tells us to sit still – to do something productive
- Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them – Proverbs 13:24
- It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline – Hebrews 12:7
- Train up a child in the way he should go, and even when he is old he will not depart from it – Proverbs 22:6
The child of God is heir to His ways and promises
As the first verse below instructs: Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Reckoned is an accounting term – tallied – or put in the plus column. It says here that if we believe in Jesus – and that means that we believe (1) Jesus was God’s perfect, unique, one of a kind Son – (2) that He died on a cross taking upon Himself the punishment for sin that we ourselves should have been bore – (3) that He rose again from the Dead – If we believe this; then God the Great Judge is justified in saying – the price has been paid; you may not only go free – but enter into the house of the Master – become His child and inherit all the blessings of God by His grace
- And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise – Galatians 3:29
- So that being justified by His grace we would be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life – Titus 3:7
But at this point we must realize that being named a child of God means that we “grow up” to become as Christ – and that means suffering. You are going to suffer under the discipline of God to rid your lifestyle of selfishness (key ingredient of being a kid) – you are going to suffer abuse from your friends for not doing what they do – you are going to suffer to follow the example of Jesus. The discipline of the Lord is upon His children to guide them out of sinful behaviors – and that means suffering. The key is to entrust ourselves to God – just as the child takes the hand of the adult to cross the street – we are to entrust ourselves to God – to take His hand.
- The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him – Romans 8:16-17
- For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps – 1 Peter 2:21
- Therefore, since Christ has suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same purpose, because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin – 1 Peter 4:1
- Therefore, those also who suffer according to the will of God shall entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right – 1 Peter 4:19
The child of God is guarded and guided by Him
Check out the first verse below: You know what a cloudy and gloomy day is – you know the feeling of being lost and scattered. The child of God will guided and delivered by Him. When times are toughest – when we feel He is not there – He promises to speak a Word to direct and console us.
- As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day – Ezekiel 34:12
- For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls – 1 Peter 2:25
- And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus – Phillipians 4:7
- Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, He, your Teacher will no longer hide Himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left – Isaiah 30:20-21
Peacemaking is a tough thing. And the reward from it can be difficult as well. But we have sure knowledge that God Himself governs our progress along the Jesus Path – Let’s be faithful to work at bringing peace to those around us – that others might see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven. Please enjoy the video – and as always, I am available should you have a question or comment (406.351.0809)