Reflection: My friend and colleague in Syria says that if we’ve made peace with God we have a holy commitment to make peace with others – to truly live the gospel of peace in the world. He says that only God’s peace in human hearts can bring real and lasting peace to his people – and after nearly a decade of relentless war, he should know.
Jesus said peacemaking should be a Christian’s distinctive quality and my friend and colleague lives this out. He longs for a day of real shalom and works tirelessly and selflessly for it. How can you and I not do the same? This holy commitment is our very profound responsibility. Not in Syria perhaps, but certainly in our own homes and families, knowing that if it doesn’t start there, it won’t start anywhere. It must start with us. May God bless you as you begin!
Question: Have you ever considered peace-making in your own sphere of influence to be a holy commitment and responsibility? What steps is God asking you to take now? What and who is he asking you to commit to?
Prayer: Dear Lord, Thank you for those in our world who have recognised that peace-making is a high and holy calling for all who choose to follow Jesus. Root this calling within me too, I pray, and send me out to truly live and share the gospel of peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.