“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Peacemaking is the 7th Step
Peacemaking is the seventh step in a believer’s life marking a Christ-like influence, calming the storms of life as ambassadors of peace.
“Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19)
My dear beloved, God has given to all of us the ministry of reconciliation. That is, just as God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, even so Christ is in us reconciling the world to God. Just as God sent Christ into the world to reconcile the world to God, even so Christ has sent us into the world to proclaim the gospel of peace that whosoever believes in Jesus will have peace with God our Father. Brethren, we are the peacemakers that Christ has sent into the world, that the world through Him may have peace with God, even our Father. Amen!
“So Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.’” (John 20:21)
Now as the Father sent Christ into the world, He came and has reconciled me and you to God. Even so, Christ is sending us into the world so that others may also be reconciled with God and have peace with God through Christ.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20)
So what is our co-mission?
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” Amen.
Let us therefore go into the world with the ministry of reconciliation, preaching the gospel of peace, love, forgiveness and hope! Let us go with the word of reconciliation as our message. This is the word of reconciliation:
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)
“And by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:20)
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-24)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
“…And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7)
“In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” (Titus 1:2)
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good work.” (Titus 2:11-14)
Let us therefore fulfill our ministry of reconciliation with joy in our hearts, that we may be called the sons and daughters of God through Jesus Christ our Lord:
“Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” (Colossians 1:28)
And, my beloved, let us make peace with everyone. A servant of the Lord must not have enemies, but pursue peace with all men. Even if they hate you, just remember that they hated Christ before they hated you. Let us therefore pray without ceasing for those who hate us, that God may grant them repentance and deliver them from the powers of darkness into the LIGHT, which is Christ. And let the peace of Christ rule in your heart!
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Finally my beloved:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
May the peace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you always. Amen!