Blessed are the peacemakers (part 2)

The second principle of becoming a peacemaker is to realize that conflict provides opportunity. Instead of asking, "God, why are you allowing this?" The question needs to be, "How can I respond like Jesus would respond?" It is easy to take up an offense for someone else especially if they are being attacked and discouraged. A peacemaker is not someone who is weak, but realizes that conflict is allowed by God to help us see His redemptive plan. The Word of God explains that peacemaking is possible if the process is centered on the right principles.[1] Prayer opens up the need to see the conflict as an opportunity to not only bring glory to God, but to be a change agent in other people's lives.

Through the experiences I have been through, I have been challenged to be a peacemaker. Unless I have a clear conscience, then I will never become what Christ has called me to become. My desire is to not suffer the consequences of inner conflict; “conflict is especially effective in breaking down appearances and revealing stubborn pride, a bitter and unforgiving heart, or a critical tongue.”[2] God has humbled me through this process and has shown me how to be willing to look at each conflict that arises as an opportunity to bring Him glory.

[1] “So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31)

[2] The Peacemaker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, 25.