Be a peacemaker

'Blessed are the peacemakers.' Matthew 5:9 NIV

When we find ourselves in the middle of conflict or an argument, we can decide to be the troublemaker, or the peacemaker. We can choose to add to the stress and tension, or to be part of the solution.

What are some qualities of peacemakers? They look for a solution where everyone involved wins. Let's take a look at the story of Barnabas and Saul of Tarsus (read the full story in Acts 9:19-31). Barnabas, whose name means 'Son of Consolation', stood up for the newly-converted Saul, who became Paul. The leaders of the church were nervous about Paul, and you could hardly blame them. Before his conversion, he'd been hunting down Christians and threatening to have them murdered. But Barnabas wasn't thinking about Paul's violent background; he was considering his value to God. He was thinking, 'If we can harness and point this man in the right direction, he has the ability to achieve great things for God.' And he was proved right. Saul the persecutor became Paul the apostle, but not until Barnabas put his own credibility on the line.

Some other qualities? Peacemakers evaluate people by their best moments and best qualities. They assess the whole picture. They allow themselves to be governed by grace, not petty opinions and temporary conditions. Matthew 5:9 says, 'blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God' (NIV). So, let's resolve to be peacemakers in our world.

So what now? Are you involved in any conflict? Ask God to show you what you can do to bring peace to that situation.

Soulfood: Gen 25:19-27:46 Jn 14:26-15:4 Ps 146 Pro 31:18-21,

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