To be a peacemaker is to know when to bring peace.
Jesus was the ultimate peacemaker. That’s what He came for. Obviously He had zeal and passion. In the marketplace outside the Temple, He flipped tables and made whips out of rope. There wasn’t a lot of peace when He was doing that! That was chaos! But that was a different situation.
Jesus created peace in most situations. Where there was chaos, He created peace. Even when there was chaos in nature, He created peace. One night the disciples were out in the boat when a storm came up. The boat was flooded and they were about to drown. And Jesus got up and calmed the winds. He calmed the storm and He calmed the waves. That’s what He did. His aroma was peace.
Believers need to make sure that we bring peace with us wherever we go. We need to be the ones to bring peace to situations where it is needed and cannot be found. That’s part of our walk. It’s the Beatitude. It’s what Jesus did.
I try to do it, but I don’t necessarily do it well all the time. I’m human! We humans are very defensive. We protect ourselves. We don’t like to look bad. We’re very self-absorbed. That’s how everybody is!
But bringing peace where there is no peace is my goal, and I ask God to help me. If you see peace in me, you need to know that it comes strictly from wanting to have the authority of Jesus. The love and the kindness that I reflect come only from Heaven.
Even when there is chaos around you, and even if it’s because of Who you represent, people should still feel peaceful around you.
That’s part of what our aroma of Christ has to be. When people are around you, they should see peace. They should feel peace. I think people will respect you and respect everything about you when you’re like that. I think that’s what we have to accomplish. See you Saturday.