Peacemaking for that Day
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. -Matthew 5:9
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I asked a question in Home Group last Sunday, “Would there be progress in a world with no conflict?” Someone brilliantly replied that if there were no conflict, the human race would be standing before God in sinless perfection. No progress would be needed! We would be complete. But, the world is without peace, for the world is full of sin.
Yet, a day is not far off when that will no longer be true. Every New Testament author sees and desires a coming day of complete perfection, the return of Jesus to make all things right. Just imagine that Day, standing in perfection, no sense of conflict or tension or struggle. No sin, no Satan, no more striving.
Peace. Jesus will enact peace, for all who remain will have peace with God and unity around Him.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” – Revelation 21:3–5
Until That Day…
I am called to make peace, for the benefit of God and the hope of peace for others on that future Day. I make peace now, so others may also hope for that Day to be peaceful–resting in the peace made between God and them.
Peacemaking, then, is not so much a desire for ease. Peacemaking is a desire for peace between God and man and for the mutual, unified benefits of the recipients of peace. Those who have peace with God, long for mutual fellowship with other peace-receivers (now made peacemakers). We just can’t get over talking about, sharing in, and worshiping the One who is our peace (Ephesians 2:14). He is a very big deal to us.
Peacemaking is the Gospel coming out of us. -Pastor Mike
What will guarantee peace between my neighbor, my boss, my friend, my family, my mailman, my grocer? The peace that God makes with us through Christ is my only hope for true peace between my fellow woman/man. If I think I can find peace with them through any means outside of Christ, I will rob them of the peace they only can find in God.