Why be a peacemaker? Hate is such an ugly emotion. Intentional and malicious cruelty with no other purpose than to cause another human being pain is definitely not in any Scripture that I’ve ever studied. Twisting truths and purposely lying just to feel good about oneself is the very essence of hatred. It is a plain and simple example of evil that manifests itself in human form and action. It is born of ignorance, fear and self-loathing and perpetrated by cowards who are doing nothing more than trying to garner attention to themselves!
“Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool.” (Proverbs 10:18)
Such a shame, and such a waste of energy! I can only pray for someone like this; pray and feel sincere pity and sorrow for someone who is so desperately and obviously in need of God’s Mercy and Grace! Unfortunately, we all know, or have known someone like this; it would be impossible not to! Some of us have even been this way ourselves (myself included) but we have been saved through the Love and Sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
As Christians, we can neither succumb nor condone this wicked behavior. We can not retaliate or seek vengeance and still be committed to the Word of Jesus Christ! It is our responsibility to pray and forgive these people, not to condemn and/or return the hatred! We are called to be peacemakers and representatives of Christ Himself! We can not live our own lives in any other way!
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-28)
Our lives are a mixed bag of surprises, both good and bad. We welcome the good while we search for reasons and relief from the bad. We try to avoid hurtful circumstances, but it is often that in these we realize how meaningful and significant our faith is. It is through this realization that we pray to God to teach us to reach out to Him.
We need to be peacemakers that stand out in a crowd. In this world of short tempers and extreme stress, we should strive to let others notice that we choose kindness rather than retaliation. That we use a soft word in tense situations rather than an angry one, and in our efforts to reach out to God we reject impulsive words and behavior. We are promoting peace through self-control.
I pray that I don’t let a day pass without relishing the feeling of a hug or a loved ones smile, a sunset, my love for music and art; the uniqueness of this day that God has gifted me. I am small and I may be weak or needy at times. I do not despair as my success is not completely dependent upon myself. When I fall, God picks me up and I whole heartedly trust in Him to give me everything I require to succeed.
My faith is true and is the only way that I can be successful in my struggles and in my victories! Learning through these facets of life helps me to be more attune to the needs of others, thus helping me to reach out to God and be one of the “peacemakers”.
God bless you my friends, and may your faith beckon you to be peacemakers!
My love, peace and blessings to all! +Joe