The Peacemaker

They say every family has one. I was the peacemaker in my family. I tend to be in my friend groups, as well, if I sense people's feathers are getting a little ruffled.

Ironically, I'm often the one to start conflict, but I don't like observing it between other parties. I want everybody to be happy, and if something I say or do can fix their problem, I'd love to try.

Lately, though, I've been learning the hard way that, more often than not, it's just plain better for me to keep my mouth shut. Grrr.

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

You see, I used to think a peacemaker was someone who made peace. You know, like people make food or make cars. It's a tangible effort that requires some elbow grease or at least a quick wit.

But more and more, I see the people who truly make peace are those who are simply peaceful themselves. Just like you can't help but smile when a super smiley person walks into the room, a peaceful atmosphere can be created when a peaceful person is near.

"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts," Paul said (Colossians 3:15). Christ is the Prince of Peace. And when the Prince of Peace rules your heart, people are going to notice. His presence will be a balm, an oasis of peace through you.

So I'm trying to keep my mouth shut when I want to make peace, trying to let Christ reign in me, and give over all my inner struggle to Him. He is the balm of Gilead. He will bring peace.

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Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.


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