Monday, Nov 2, 2015
Learning to be a Peacemaker
Speaker: Jerry Wragg
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Biblical Christians are learning how to be peacemakers:

  1. We should know how to make peace.
  2. We should know how to diagnose the root cause of the lack of peace.

Growing to become a peacemaker is some of the hardest work one will ever done.  The purpose of striving is unity.

 

Romans 12:18 – “As far as it depends on me, promote (pursue) peace.

 

Colossians 3:13-15

  • Love is the ligament of peace.
  • Let the peace of God rule in your heart.  “Rule” is umpire language.
  • But, you cannot change the one with the conflicting opinion and it is not your responsibility to force them to change.
  • It is the Spirit of God who is responsible to grow and develop conviction.
  • You can open the Word of God and you can demonstrate your personal submission to Scripture, but we must be patient, compassionate and prayerful for God’s work in their hearts.
  • You will need to spend a lifetime mastering these three verses of instruction.
  • We are called to bear with great patience.
  • We are called to be forgiving in the same way and to the same extent as Christ.
  • Love is the perfect bond.

Principles for being a peacemaker in conflict:

  • Christ is the Lord over the conscience (Romans 14:3-4)
    • Is the conflict an explicit issue in scripture or a grey area or a preference?
    • Others are not beholden to me.  They either stand or fall under Christ.
    • Just because someone doesn’t hold our same convictions, we cannot reach the conclusion that they are less spiritual than we are.
    • Verse 3c “For God has accepted him.”
    • Verse 4a “Who are you to judge?” (a preference) --- We cannot judge a servant of another; that is, a servant of Christ.
  • There is great benefit to you in the disagreement.
    • Tension is good for your own heart; it exposes weaknesses.
    • We get sharpened in the confrontation to examine our own convictions and become more precise in their articulation.
  • Open the Bible early in any conflict. (Best practice.)
  • Be haunted to be precise with God’s word and our speech.  Challenge yourself to articulate your speech in pain staking clarity.
  • Proverbs 17:17 – Iron sharpens iron.  How?  With collision, friction and sparks.
  • Conflict provides the a challenge for my greater good and for my endurance (James 1)
  • Growing in peacemaking stretches humility.