Our world is not a peaceful place. There are approximately 27 recognized wars or conflicts going on in our world today. Every single day a multitude of violent crimes are committed in every corner of our world. The wars and the violence are not just events we see on the news. We have conflicts in our homes, in our friendships, and in our workplaces. Our world is not a peaceful place.
So whose job is it to bring peace? Yours. Mine. As followers of Christ, we are called to be peacemakers. It is our duty. It is our calling. We make peace in all sorts of ways. We start with our own conflicts. We make peace with those who we need to forgive or ask forgiveness. Once we have made peace in our relationships, we then reach out and help others make peace.
Why do we make peace? Because, when we make peace, we demonstrate the character of our God. Paul reminds us often in his letters that our God is the God of peace. Our God is the ultimate peacemaker. At one time every one of us was at war with God. Our hearts pulled us away from acknowledging him. Our passions warred against the way that God intended for us to live. We did not have peace with God. But, due to God’s mercy and his grace, he intervened into our world and brought the promise of peace through Christ. In Romans 5:1-2 we read:
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.
God not only shows us how we might have peace with him, but he also shows us how might have peace with one another. As we obey his commands and learn to love our neighbors as ourselves, we cannot help but become peacemakers in our world. We make peace because the love we have is an active love that calls us to go out into the world and bring peace and hope to a world that is perpetually in conflict.
Where is it that you need to bring peace today? Are you surrounded by conflict? Are you creating conflict? Just as we demonstrate God’s character by bringing peace, we also damage the credibility of our God when we claim to follow him and yet create conflict. Ask God to show you areas in your life where you can bring peace. Ask for the strength to give and ask for forgiveness. Take some time to also celebrate that as a follower of Christ you are no longer at war with God.