Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
Go forth and do the work for which God has elected you. He will be your right hand so that no difficulty shall move you, he will hold you by his hand so that you may walk in his path.– Saint Frances De Sales
When have we chosen to effect peace rather than disaster? This was the question that was swirling through my head. In moments of uncertainty, relationships, and in our work, it seems that peace is a choice, despite our surroundings. And our choices affect outcomes. And outcomes effect God’s will pushing against the insanity of this world.
A couple of days ago, I met with a woman who was having an ongoing dispute with her neighbor, or rather the neighbor was having an ongoing dispute with her. Her neighbor was cruel, insensitive and uncaring. She was a soft-spoken prayerful woman. This person terrorized her and her family, from phone calls to the police, to shouting, to calling out code enforcement, it was never ending. But the first thing that she said when she walked in really struck me.
I prayed before I came in here today
That’s all I had to hear. That was my open door.
Her neighbor’s behavior didn’t rise to the level of being criminal, and legally, she didn’t qualify for a restraining order. What was I going to say to her? What would I tell her to do?
You say that you prayed before you came in here? I asked her.
I see you are asking for solutions. But what I really think that what you are asking for is peace. You know what you have to do. Pray for that man. You are only responsible for your behavior. You are only responsible for your side of the street. And don’t let anyone steal your peace. It belongs to you.
Her eyes grew wide. Tears began to form.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! She burst out screaming.
I didn’t know what exactly she was thanking me for. I barely remember what I even said. But what kept coming to me in that moment, was one thing. The Holy Spirit whispered it to me.
She wants her peace back, tell her how to do that.
When we are in the midst of emotion and difficulty, we are often clouded. The world would tell us an eye for an eye or maybe even to exchange words with the offending party. God tells us to pray for that person. God promises us peace in obedience to His word.
Let your gentleness be apparent to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5
In the moments where we have the upper hand, we need to consider why. Why did God send me here? What do I do with this power? As He chose the apostles, so He too chose us. He gives us authority and trusts us to use it. This authority is not worldly, but heaven sent. And there is no price tag on peace.
So today remember where you are- in your marriage, your job, your workplace or wherever else God has called you to serve. Is there chaos? Is there disaster? Well, you have been called as a peacemaker of Christ. Imagine what Christ’s divine power can do if you exercise it.
Through YOU, It will heal the sick, drive out demons, raise the dead.