MONDAY, JANUARY 20
“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
Romans 12:18 (NLT2)
HOW TO BE A PEACEMAKER
One morning a little girl, dressed in spotless white, with a lovely bouquet of flowers in her hand, passed by a boy who was playing in the dusty street. The sight of this pretty girl stirred the spirit of mischief in the boy’s heart and in no time a handful of dust struck the clean white dress and splattered on her shining shoes. The girl stopped still. Her face flushed pink. Her lips trembled as if she would cry. But instead, a smile broke on her face and taking a flower from her bouquet, she handed it to the boy who stood waiting to see what she was going to do. A more surprised boy no one ever saw or more heartily ashamed! He hung his head and his cheeks reddened under the tan and freckles. His unkind fun was quite spoiled because in return for a handful of dust someone had handed him a flower.
God’s desire is that we would have peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 encourages us to do all that we can to have that peace. That means using our power, wisdom, resources, means or skill to achieve peace. Some translations include “if possible.” Peace isn’t always possible, but our responsibility is to do what we can to pursue peace.
Today our nation celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his nonviolent resistance to racial prejudice in America. Mike reminded us yesterday that peace is not avoiding a problem and it is not being a doormat. Dr. King’s life and legacy exemplified both of those truths. Dr. King used nonviolence to pursue peace. The question for each of us is how does God want us to be peacemakers in each of our settings. We will spend the rest of this week reviewing how we can each be peacemakers. Do you have any strained relationships? Begin asking God how He wants you to be a peacemaker in those relationships.