Peace Efforts (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 193)
Matthew 5:9 (NLT)
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
As Jesus spoke these words, much of Galilee was in an ongoing negative conflict with each other. Nobody trusted, liked, loved, or were friends with anyone else. The region of Galilee looks like much of the world today. Constantly at war, many of us do not know what peace looks like or how to make any effort towards it.
Today when people suggest peace, many people look askance at the idea. To have guns and other weapons of war at our disposal makes us feel as though we are doing something when we are offended. But Jesus doesn’t want us to strive to get even, He commands us to work for peace. Jesus wasn’t from our world. He brought values from Heaven that He wants to instill in us today.
People in management and leadership are taught how to handle conflict. But what we really should learn is how to make efforts toward peace. We cannot enjoy peace in this world unless we are ready to surrender our quarreling and argumentative ways to the will of God and reflect His peace. Peace is the result of love and forgiveness. When we are at peace with God it becomes easier to make peace with man.
“The kingdom of God is righteousness and peace. True wisdom is never argumentative or quarrelsome. It does not strive. It maintains harmonious relationships with everyone, as far as possible. It is impossible to quarrel with a man who is filled with Divine wisdom, for such a man is a peaceable man.”
— Zac Poonen