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Peace maker or Pacemaker?

Monday, August 20, 2007 (4:49 pm)

Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Being involved in ministry, my wife and I have experienced a few hairy situations in which we were called upon, either directly or indirectly, to mediate in an unresolved conflict.

Have you ever been a mediator? I'm sure you have in some way — at home, church, work . It's not an easy task, is it? Jesus called us to be peacemakers. We, as Christians, are to be the ones to bring peace into any situation in this world of conflict — a very high and often difficult calling.

Here's a little anecdote that really spoke to me regarding this.

"I was once involved in a complex situation where a lawyer with many years experience was brought in as a consultant to a case. He sat back and listened carefully to get as comprehensive a picture as possible. All throughout the presentation, he kept being asked, "So what do you think so far?" 'Well, I'm still trying to get a more complete picture,' he would say, 'I have no comments as of yet.' Only when the picture became very clear did he make his comments and state his opinion. Because of his extensive experience, he knew that things are not always as they seem. Two sides in a quarrel each will have a different picture and it takes patience to get the entire picture."

Let's strive for humility, wisdom and patience like this. It's important for us to learn the art of peace making. There's so much work to be done!

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