“The Four G’s of Peacemaking”
Psalm 34:14: Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. Isaiah 26:3: You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you Ephesians 2:14: For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility Colossians 1:20: And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross Ephesians 4:3: Eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33: For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. We shall always have conflict. The heart of man is sinful and deceitful. The good news is we have a standard bearer. In Christ, the perfect sacrifice was made. So what is our role as peacemakers? How do we overcome the ways of the world and the selfishness of our hearts to truly take on this role. How do we become the lights to the world. Most importantly, how do we bring honor and glory to God in conflict situations? Let’s take a look at the four G’s that Ken Sande has written about and how they can be applied in our lives. The First G-Glorify God
In 1st Corinthians 10:31, Paul admonishes the Corinthians (and us) that “whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God.” This standard, more than anything, should direct us as to where we should keep our focus. But what does it mean to glorify God in all you do and how does that tie into resolving conflict? 1st Chronicles 16:28-29 states that we are to “give to the Lord…glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due to His Name…Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.” We read in Habbakuk 2:14 that “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God.” David writes in Psalm 96:7" to “give to the Lord glory and strength. Give to the Lord the glory due His name.” Revelations 4:11 teaches "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created." As such, glorifying God is the single most important thing you can do with your life. However, exactly what does that mean? Is glorifying God some abstract concept that we speak in generalities about? Men have a tendency to make this idea complicated. We only need to go back to 1st Corinthians 10:31 to get to the simplicity of this. It is the practical fruit of one’s life that produces the glory of God. We give God praise and worship, but we do it out of a renewed mind and a cleansed heart. Our actions, if we are saved and honest in our fealty to the Father, will be the light to the world. We glorify God and bring honor to his name through our actions. This is most important in situations where conflicts arise. Sande writes that we glorify God in the center of conflict in three ways: trusting Him, obeying Him, and imitating Him. A popular bumper sticker in recent years says “What Would Jesus Do?” This can also be stated as “how can I please and honor the Lord in this situation.” Believe that what honors God the most and brings glory to Him is living life His way. The little things we do in life, like loving your wife, managing your money biblically, and recognizing people around you allow us to be that light unto the world and our actions glorify God and put substance to the worship and praise we give Him. Dealing with conflict in this renewed mindset can go a long way to avoiding division and enhancing reconciliation. The Second G-Get the Log Out of Your Own Eye
In dealing with conflict and the proper response to it, we must deal with first things first. We see in Matthew 7 Jesus’ admonition to judge not, lest you be judge and accordingly with the same judgment you use against others. Jesus is also clear in Matthew 7:5 that we need to remove the big things that separate ourselves from God before we can even consider criticizing the little things we see in the...
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