Monday, February 03, 2014

Make Peace...

"Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God" - Matthew 5:9 NASB

This morning our pastor did an amazing sermon on being intentional with our lives, our relationships, our interactions and communications. This resonated with me. This is something I've been working on diligently over the last year and I've found great fulfillment in it when I realized that I was indeed shutting people out. I was blocking out people. Not just on views I didn't want to hear and people I didn't want to deal with but just blocking out people in general because I was afraid that I'll be shut down emotionally. Recently I got to a point where rather than shut people out I wanted to meet them head on and be intentional with my interactions and see how I could be of use. See how God wanted to use me. How I could pour out in others lives and the craziest thing happened, I was happy. I was being filled. So why the verse I picked to go with this story? Well because often times we don't want to make peace. We like the war we have waged. We want to stir the pot and stand back and see the pieces fly. But what happens when they land? Are you happy? Are you fulfilled? It's on to the next war for a short lived victory. God tells us blessed are the peacemakers and it's true. We wage a war against humanity when we are afraid to face it. When we are afraid of rejection. Or perhaps we are afraid of what's in the mirror. Whatever the reason, we need to make peace. We need to be the peacemakers God has called us to be.

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