Sunday Reflection: The Labor of Peacemaking
Peacemaking is proactive work. Seeking justice and reconciliation may require us to enter into conflict, meet needs of the hurting, or provide tangibly for those who lack. (See 2 Corinthians 9:6-8.) Other times our job is simply to listen well. As the book of James puts it, we should be “quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger” (James 1:19).
In Studies in the Sermon on the Mount, Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones outlined four practical ways to foster reconciliation:
1) Learn not to speak.
2) View every situation in the context of the gospel.
3) Go out of our way to look for methods of making peace.
4) Spread peace wherever we are.
As we put these things into practice, we’re more likely to find ourselves praying more, choosing not to have the last word in a disagreement, or even providing relief for someone experiencing distress or misfortune.
Think about it
• What does it mean to you that the work of making peace is proactive? Is that a new idea or how you’ve seen it before?
• What are some ways you can put Dr. Lloyd-Jones’s recommendations into practice?
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