Peacemakers and Peacekeepers
Are you a peacemaker or a peacekeeper?
When I take an honest look at my life, I think I would often bucket myself into the peacekeeper category.
You know those types of people: one who avoids conflict, doesn’t ruffle any feathers, and makes sure everyone is happy.
That is me. In fact, that has always been me.
As I read through the Beattitudes the other week (and though some wise counsel from a friend), naturally verse 9 seemed to already be highlighted in bright yellow.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (Matthew 5:9)
Do I simply seek to preserve peace, or do I intentionally seek out reconciliation in my relationships? Ouch. No need to write it down — I know what my answer would be.
I’ve mentioned this in the past: there have been times in the past where I avoid bringing up “issues” because I am fearful that it shows a sign of weakness.
That is passivity and a sure-fire characteristic of a peacekeeper. That is merely running from conflict.
On my own, I’m a peacekeeper. With Christ, I am peacemaker. I am grateful that with His strength I don’t have to settle for something that I am not. I want to remember that, through God, I have the ability to actively proclaim truth and love… even if that means breaking my “mold” and addressing a little conflict.
On a side note: what does a peacemaker look like? I like what an article on the Desiring God blog says:
A peacemaker is someone who experiences the peace of God (Philippians 4:7) because he is at peace (Romans 5:1) with the God of peace (Philippians 4:9) through the Prince of peace (Isaiah 9:6), who, indeed, is our peace (Ephesians 2:14), and who therefore seeks to live at peace with all others (Romans 12:18) and proclaims the gospel of peace (Ephesians 6:15) so that others might have joy and peace in believing (Romans 15:13).