“Live Peaceably with ALL men”
Peacemaker: noun. A person who brings about peace, especially by reconciling adversaries.
Synonyms: arbitrator, arbiter, mediator, negotiator, conciliator, go-between, intermediary, pacifier, appeaser, peacemonger, pacifist, peace-lover, dove, peacenik
Peace: noun. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility: freedom from or the cessation of war or violence:
Synonyms: Harmony, agreement, love, friendship, union, unity, conciliation.
Scripture: Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called the Children on God.”
We can’t be children of God when we are causing discord,confusion, or fighting.
Is this saying, that you can’t be angry? No, in fact, the bible says to be angry and sin not. But just because the bible says that we CAN be angry, doesn’t mean that we should live a lifestyle of being angry at EVERYTHING.
It’s not uncommon for brothers and sisters in Christ to have an disagreement. However, it’s certain ways to address those situations.
According to Scripture, the bible tells us that we should go to a brother or sister in Christ in private and address our issues with them. We should also come to them in a manner of meekness considering ourselves….
A lot of times, when people have offended us we are quick to anger of quick to give the person a “piece of our mind”. But this is incorrect. In fact, we should be slow to anger, and we definitely shouldn’t be jumping to spill from our lips the first thing that comes to our mind in the instant that we are offended. For we know that most of the time the 1st thing that comes to mind probably isn’t Holy, or acceptable unto Christ.
God tells us to be HOLY in ALL manner of CONVERSATION -1 Peter 1:15
A SOFT answer turns away wrath, but a HARSH word stirs up anger- Proverbs 15:1
Let us be QUICK to forgive our brethren as well.
You may say, but that is easier said, than done. Yes, that may be the case, however, forgiveness is ESSENTIAL to being forgiven ourselves….
Don’t believe me? Let’s look at the Lords prayer…
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
“And FORGIVE US AS WE FORGIVE“
It’s clear that we must forgive others.
If you are still having trouble forgiving your brother for something that they have done against you, go to God. Ask Him for the strength and the guidance to forgive. We know that His strength is made perfect in weakness. There’s no reason to come to God acting as if we have it all together. Be transparent with God (He knows it all anyway), but the more you are transparent with Him, the more He is able to work with and through you.
Let’s look at 2 Timothy 2:24-26. For this Scripture tells us who we should be:
- Must not be quarrelsome
- Be Gentle to EVERYONE
- Able to Teach
- Patiently enduring evil
- Correcting others with meekness/gentleness
More Scripture References:
(Matthew 18:15, Galatians 6:1-2, Galatians 3:13, Ephesians 4:26, Proverbs 29:11, Philippians 2:3-4, Ephesians 4:29, Ephesians 4:32, James 5:16 )
What are some ways you go about insuring that you are peaceable with all men? Or is it something you’re still struggling with? What are some tips for people struggle with this?