BIBLE READING: 2CORINTHIANS 5:18-20; 1TIMOTHY 2:5; ACTS 24:16
“Blessed [spiritually calm with life-joy in God’s Favour] are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they will [express His Character and] be called the sons of God.” Matthew 5:9 (AMP).
The Lord God Almighty created man primarily for two purposes. The first was for relationships while the second was for the exercising of Dominion (Ps. 8:4-6). Every Christian believer has a mandate to restore fallen man to the Original Position God had in mind, hence, the importance of the Ministry of Reconciliation.
The Scripture refers to the Lord Jesus Christ as the “Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6b). In other words, every believer must be proficient in the art of conflict resolution and promotion of peace. The sad reality is that many Christian believers claim to have a solid relationship with God yet are sanctimonious and hostile towards the unsaved. Jesus referred to Himself as “a Friend of tax collectors and sinners” (Lk. 7:34). Consider this truth: It is impossible to effectively reach out to someone you don’t feel genuine concern for. The art of conflict resolution and reconciliation requires the reconciler to have a healthy relationship with both conflicting parties. That is the only way he can leverage on his influence over them during the process of reconciliation.
There are two kinds of principals every Christian believer needs in his life: God the Divine Principal and fellow man, the human principal (Ps. 127.1). We have a duty as believers to get off our high horses and “condescend to men of low estate…” (Rom.12:16b). In our dealings in ministry and the mission field, we would do well to heed the words of Apostle Paul during his defence before Felix the Roman governor: “This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.” Acts 24:16 (NKJV).
Heavenly Father, we thank You for the privilege of being in the Body of Christ. O Lord, please help us become instruments of peace and agents of reconciliation in Jesus’ Mighty Name. Amen.