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Beatitude Series #12: Peacemakers Part 2

What is our calling as Christian peacemakers? Psalm 34:14 tells us to “seek peace and pursue it.” We do that, not by evading or ignoring the sin problem; but by facing the fact of sin and dealing with it by showing people that Christ is the answer to the war between God and man. We are peacemakers when we reach out to the enemies of Christ with the message of God’s reconciliation. II Corinthians 5:18-21 We are peacemakers when we show people that they can have peace with God when they are justified by faith. Romans 5:1 teaches us “Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

When we have peace with God, then we can experience the peace of God in our lives. When we are enjoying the peace of God in our lives, then we can work for peace with one another. Hebrews 12:14. It is the responsibility of every Christian to make every effort, as far as we are concerned, to live peaceably with everyone. Romans 12:18-19 We do that, not by appeasement and compromise with sin; but by forgiving those who have personally offended us.

The Responsibility of Human government.

The responsibility of the leaders of our nation is a totally different matter. Romans 13:1-5 teaches us that our national leaders have the responsibility of protecting the citizens of their nation with lethal force if necessary.

For example, a police officer is a servant of God sent by government to protect her citizens. That officer bears a gun and has the authority to use it when necessary to protect himself and others from violent criminals.

Our national leaders have the God-given responsibility to protect our citizens from foreign and domestic dangers. In World War II they protected us from the Nazi and Japanese invaders. In our present war against the terrorists, they continue to have God’s authority for using whatever force is necessary to destroy the power of terrorists.

Dealing with our Personal Enemies

But let’s get back to our responsibility as Christians in dealing with our own personal enemies. What are we to do? We are to be peace makers. Look at Romans 12:18-21 again. “If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mind; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” When dealing with our personal enemies we are to do everything in our power to get along and show kindness to them. We are not to pay back or try to get even. We are to leave all that in God’s hands. He is far more able to even the score than we can ever accomplish in our anger. My preacher uncle, now with the Lord, had a simple motto concerning his personal enemies. “No attack; no defense!” For years I have lived by that motto, leaving my attackers in God’s hands and I have seen Him wonderfully protect and vindicate me.

Perhaps the best way we are peacemakers is to take the Gospel to those around us who are still without Christ. In Romans 10:9-11 we have the message of salvation. “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.”

Then in Romans 10:15 we are told that those who take the Gospel to the lost are the real peacemakers. “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good things.” If you are a Christian, it is your calling to be one of those peacemakers.

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March 3, 2006 - Posted by | Beatitudes Series

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