7 Characteristics of The Peace Makers in Every Church
Peace Makers are everywhere!
Do Peace Makers exist in your church? Recently I posted an article about those who cause trouble in the church called, 7 Facts About Trouble Makers in Church. I was surprised at the number of visitors I had to that post. Obviously, there are a lot of people out there who have come across Trouble Makers in their churches.
The sad point about Trouble Makers is that they are a minority. In fact, most of the churches I have attended only had about 1 to 5 percent of the congregation who were Trouble Makers. The majority of most church members are opposite of these types of people. This larger group of people can be defined as the Peace Makers.
Here is what I know about Peace Makers.
Peace Makers Are In Every Church
Just like Trouble Makers, Peace Makers can be found in any congregation. Due to their character and nature Peace Makers do not enjoy conflict and interaction with those who like to cause trouble. Because of these characteristics Peace Makers will often keep their opinions to themselves.
Peace Makers Are Honored to Be Called a “Child of God”
Peace Makers are honored to be a part of God’s family, the church. That is why they will not cause trouble. They truly believe what Jesus told his earliest followers,
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
A Peace Maker hopes that others will see Jesus in the way they live. They also hope that they “spiritually” look and behave like their Heavenly Father.
Peace Makers Always Think of Others Before Themselves
A Peace Maker is someone who understands that as a Christian, they are part of the Body of Christ. Therefore, they know that the Body can only be healthy if every part of the Body is healthy. Peace Makers not only think of others, they also pray for other members of the church. They hold fast to the words of Peter.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4: 8-11)
Peace Makers Are Honored To Be in The Family of God (the Church)
Peace Makers are glad to be called a child of God because they understand the generosity of God’s grace. John explained this grace when he wrote,
“He (Jesus) came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” John 1: 11-13
Peace Makers appreciate the love of God, and they want the world to know what they are experiencing.
Peace Makers Are Those Who Choose Their Words Wisely
Peace Makers are very careful with what they say and the words they use. They understand fully what James wrote to the first-century church about talking too much.
“For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well. Now if we put the bits into the horses’ mouths so that they will obey us, we direct their entire body as well. Look at the ships also, though they are so great and are driven by strong winds, are still directed by a very small rudder wherever the inclination of the pilot desires. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.
See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell. For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.” – (James 3:2-8)
Peace Makers Believe and Rely On the Teachings of Jesus
Conflict and restless spirits are very prevalent in our world. There is not a class that can be taken to develop a peaceful approach to life. There may be some good advice; however, there has never been any greater creator of peace than Jesus. He made his disciples a promise.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
Peace Makers trust Jesus!
Peace Makers Believe They Have Been Called by God to Be Peace Makers
When Jesus sent his disciples out he instructed them to be Peace Makers and to share “peace” with others.
“Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace be to this house.” – Luke 10:5
These instructions along with the other passages of Scripture are strong indications that Christ calls his followers to be Peace Makers.
Are you a Peace Maker?