I saw jets of light shining from cities and villages, and from the high places and the low places of the earth. God's word was obeyed, and as a result there were memorials for Him in every city and village. His truth was proclaimed throughout the world. --Testimonies, vol. 9, pp. 28, 29. {ChS 112.2}

Monday, June 23, 2008

Making Peace

Being a peace-making Christian is not so much about 'making things right' as it is with practicing the discipline of peace-making-- keeping conflict, disorder, hurtfulness towards others, strife, and unforgiveness out of your life. As hard as it is, making peace is always more comfortable than wearing strife. We've all been there.

Now here is the clincher for fruit-bearing Christians: you are asked to forgo winning the argument and EVEN apologizing when you did not start the conflict. That's all. (hehehe) It seems like a tall order, but when you have experienced the break in tension and good-will following a sincerely stated desire for peace, you will have a clear indication of why Jesus wants this kind of 'reconciliation' in our lives.

Thinking Work:Take out your pen and paper. For a moment, close your eyes and search your heart, listening for the Still Small Voice. Who are you holding prisoner in your record book of wrongs? Write the answer down and then devise a plan with yourself (and God) about how you can make peace with this person. As in all contracts, be specific and list a date. Whew!

For those of you who have a peace-making gift, you might be interested in checking out some of the Christian peace-making organizations. One that I often go to for inspiration is the Adventist Peace Fellowship. You will find referral links to other denominational peace agencies there as well.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. ~Matthew 5:9

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