a great day to become a peacemaker
“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18 NLT
Jesus Christ is known the world over as the Prince of Peace. God, therefore, must be the King of Peace since “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God…” (Hebrews 1:3a NLT).
Each one of us is a child of God and as God’s children, we must aspire to reflect the full force of God’s character in ourselves and endeavor to be children of peace.
It is not required that we become statesmen on a quest for world peace, although that would be a blessed thing. Peace begins internally and before we can even think about leading others to peace we must be led ourselves by the Prince of Peace Himself, who came “To give light to them that sit in darkness in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:79 KJV).
If we follow the simple teachings of Christ, we will see our path illuminated brightly before us and it will become abundantly clear that peace is found in the Word of God. Prayer and meditation help us to gain wisdom and understanding from His Word and use it to create quiet and calm within our own hearts. When we have obtained peace within ourselves, it becomes easy to reach out to others and help them “Search for peace, and work to maintain it.” (Psalm 34:14b NLT).
Like the ripples caused when a pebble is dropped into still water, the peace within our hearts will flow outward, affecting those around us in our homes, places of work and worship and in our communities.
Every time we smile at a stranger, show them a small courtesy or assist them in some small way, we plant the seeds of peace. When we show love and affection to our families, we plant the seeds of peace. When we refuse to spread gossip or work to resolve conflicts around us, we plant the seeds of peace.
And when the planting is done, we will nourish the seeds of peace with the life-giving water of the Word of God and then we will reap the harvest of righteousness promised by God. For “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9 KJV).
Use the gift of this day to let God help you find peace and become a peacemaker.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson