Healthwatch: Being peacemakers

*Editor’s note: This information was published in the May 2022 issue of Heartfelt Magazine, CHM’s monthly magazine that provides CHM membership-related tips and tricks, medical advice from doctors, testimonies from CHM members, and more. Please refer to the CHM Guidelines and applicable web pages for the most up-to-date information regarding CHM membership, sharing eligibility, and ministry news.*

A 2021 survey by the Pew Research Center found that of 17 countries across the globe, citizens in the United States considered themselves to be the most deeply divided along political, ethnic, racial, and religious lines. Given what we have observed over the last several years, this was no surprise to me and probably not to you either.

Over the past two years, we’ve seen these tensions flare both globally and in our own communities. We may have lost close friendships, seen family members stand at odds with each other, and experienced division in our churches and businesses.

In the midst of these divisions and escalating tensions, we are called, as Christians, to be peacemakers. But how can we have peace, much less be peacemakers?

Here are four steps to becoming a peacemaker of Christ:

  • Recognize your own needs. There’s the saying that “you can’t give what you don’t have.” If you don’t have peace in your own life, how can you share that peace with those around you? Start with yourself first, fixing your eyes on Christ and asking Him to give you His peace that passes all understanding.
  • You are a new creation. When Paul wrote to the church of Corinthians, he wrote “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17). We are not the same people we were—rather, we were made new by the blood of Christ.
  • Know that you are sealed with the Holy Spirit. As Christians—new creations through Christ—we’re given access to amazing resources—we have access to the same power that brought Jesus from the grave.
  • Cultivate, grow, and abide in the knowledge of God. We don’t have the ability on our own to be peacemakers. Growing in our faith creates the person God can use to bring stability to those around us.

Isaiah 26:3 reads, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Keep your mind focused on Christ, growing in Him, and allow yourself to be used as God’s agent of peace in your family, friendships, and community.

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