We are now peacemakers, but we cannot do it on our own! God has endowed his children with special gifts and provides spiritual tools for peacemaking purposes to be well equipped and effective soldiers in the battle for peace and reconciliation.
Primary Peacemaking Tools
The Fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5: 22-23) engenders us with “… love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control, against such things there is no law.” Indeed, if we were to permit these outreaching virtues to control our daily walk, there would be no need for any law. God deeply desires to incorporate this complete fruit in our hearts to dramatically promote peacemaking and insure the quality of our lives. Memorize Galatians 5:22-23, and earnestly ask God to incorporate these spiritual qualities into every moment of your daily walk in the world.
How do we assimilate these traits into our daily life?
By “more of God and less of me” living. “He must increase, but I must decrease,” cried John the Baptist in John 3:30 (NASB). God will honor this simple and humble request, and daily invade every believer who makes this his heart’s cry. This sincere and simple prayer will create a much different life than we can ever live on our own!
God’s increased presence within empowers us to practice peacemaking, not in our strength but in the strength and direction of the Holy Spirit.
Peacemaking situations also require heavenly wisdom to identify solutions and provide counsel. Such wisdom is described in James 3:17 as “first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, merciful and fruitful, impartial, and sincere.” invoking the Beatitudes of mourning, meekness, righteousness, and mercy. “The wise in heart will be called discerning, and sweetness of speech increases persuasiveness.” Proverbs 16:21 (NASB)
The pure in heart have attained these attributes and enjoy impressive credibility to serve as effective peacemakers for the Lord. The cumulative effects of the Beatitudes produce valuable preparation for the saints serving in his kingdom.
An organization called Peacemaker Ministries is based on this Beatitude and practices conflict resolution with groups inside and outside the church. In his book The Peacemaker, Ken Sande, president of Peacemaker Ministers, recommends using the following Four G’s to bring reconciliation to marriages, the family, friendships, the workplace, school, and the church.
Glorify God. Seek to bring glory to him in every situation, making this our selfless and supreme objective. This was Christ’s primary goal in his life, death, and resurrection—all that he did here on earth was “to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:11).
Get the log out of our own eye. Don’t blame others, but instead ask ourselves, “What have I contributed to this conflict?” Relate to others in total honesty and seek confession from each party which cultivates the terrain for genuine reconciliation.
Gently restore the relationship. Don’t ignore the other person, pretend that the problem doesn’t exist, and talk to everyone else about that person. Recognize every person as valued and indispensable to the solution of this problem. Without his or her participation in this process, no solution will be found. Ask God for the precise opportunity for sincere conversation. Pray for the moving of hearts among all involved.
Go and be reconciled. Earnestly seek reconciliation, trusting in the Spirit of God to lead, direct, and bring it to pass. When God is working in hearts, reconciliation is eagerly accomplished. The resolution is often an emotional time of rejoicing, restoring, and becoming right with one another and before God.
There is a fifth G that underlies all the others: The Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Gospel is what motivates every authentic peacemaker, guiding, motivating, directing, and empowering us to live and share with others the true foundation of peace in this world.
Jesus said in John 15:5, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” Our peace-making efforts depend entirely upon the Vine working within us. We must be spiritually sensitive to what God is doing all around us and allow him to enlist us as he desires to use us. If we don’t pray daily for such sensitivity we will be “un-used instruments” in His Kingdom. We must be a seeking branch!
As his branches as we offer the shade of consolation and fruit of reconciliation to others; however, we are only the conduits of peacemaking. Jesus truly transforms lives and reconciles broken relationships, acting, moving, and relating through us as the life-sustaining Vine he is. He will accomplish miracles through us. We must be aware that God is constantly at work in people’s lives, inching them toward him and we must let him use us to bring others into His Kingdom, leading them to a peace that surpasses all understanding and giving true consolation.
In Christ’s vineyard, opportunities for peacemaking abound. Some people need our support to help them stand. Others need our assistance to help bind them together. The estranged seek reconciliation. We must lead each of them first to the Vine, then we, as branches, can support, bind, and entwine as God uses us to intercede in each situation and help bring unity.
-What peacemaking assignment has God given you?
- -How are you promoting peace in your daily life?