Peacekeepers vs. Peacemakers.
The difference is more than just a few letters or a suffix.
A peacekeeper steps into an already peaceful situation and keeps the peace they did nothing to create.
A peacemaker steps into a chaotic situation/relationship/environment and creates peace where there wasn’t any.
Peacekeeping has its place, but Jesus made no promises for peacekeepers. He did, however, promise blessing for peacemakers.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
Matthew 5:9 (ESV)
Making peace is not about doing something for God to get something from God. You can’t earn sonship in the family of God. Being a peacemaker is simply part of being one of God’s kids. It’s how we behave.
Christians make peace. It’s just what we do.
By the power of God in us and working through us, we step into chaotic, divisive, hostile situations, relationships, and environments and work hard to create peace. We are patient, loving, kind, and filled with truth. We know peacemaking doesn’t happen overnight, so we are relentless in our pursuit, remembering that God is relentless in His pursuit of us.
Where is God calling you to make peace? Wherever it is and however it looks, go with love and truth and show people what Jesus is like as you work hard to make peace out of chaos.
K E V I N • M I L L E R
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