A wonderful future awaits those who love peace.
Want a great family? Seek reconciliation and peace in your marriage.
Want great kids? Seek reconciliation and peace in with your children.
Want a great neighborhood? Seek reconciliation and peace with your neighbors.
Want an amazing life? Seek reconciliation with others and peace.
We all love to hit people back, to punk other people that get in our face, disagree with us, or act “stupidly.”
Our sinful nature loves revenge.
I was reading Psalm 37:37, and noticed that God promises that “a wonderful future awaits those who love peace.”
Obeying Christ is not an easy thing, because our sinful natures are usually pitted squarely opposite from His commands.
Matthew 5:43-48New International Version (NIV)
Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
My sinful nature wants to savor revenge, enjoy watching my “enemies” fail, revel in the gossip about the failings of those that oppose me, and to fight back when I’m hit.
Are you like me? When a coworker seems to undercut you, gossip about you, talk smack about you, or undermine your efforts – do you then justify resentment & revenge mentality?
Jesus calls us to love our enemies, and to pray for those who persecute us.
He also says to love all, and be kind to even our enemies. There is no reward in being kind and loving only those who love you first.
God wants us to do everything possible, so long as it depends on us, to seek peace and reconciliation with everyone we know.
This is how real change happens, and this is when God will reward us.
Real change in society occurs when we truly love peace. But when we truly love peace, that means that we die to our own rights in order to be subservient to others.
It’s really hard to be subservient to those who seek to dominate you. When others are trying to elevate themselves above you, doesn’t it make us sick to let them do it?
Just think of when we’re driving, and our road rage can flare up about people. The way we act behind the wheel is a little microcosm of how we act to people in comparison to the goodness and mercy of God.
If we want the world to be amazing, if we want America to be amazing, then each individual should chew on this scripture and focus on working diligently on reconciliation with all people – and loving peace.