The Poetry of Peacemaking : Grace and Shalom
Blessed are the peacemakers... Matthew 5:9
For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by peacemaking through his blood, shed on the cross. Colossians 1:19–20
Peace is often thought of as something passive, something that happens around us rather than something we do. Jesus, however, saw peace as something that needed to be made, to be formed, and would require the utmost creativity.
Now that’s an interesting way to think about peace, isn’t it?
For the early Christians, the call to be peacemakers had huge implications – not just for how the world worked at a grand and global scale, but also for how they treated the person who happened to be sitting right next to them at church.
So what does it take for us to be a peace-making people? Maybe the best of our imaginative, creative, expressive, artistic, and dream-filled ideas, combined with a determination to allow those ideas to shape our day-to-day lives.
series text: Romans 14–15