This world is corrupt with sin and sickness and it’s bringing fear upon people everywhere. The Ten Commandments are being replaced with “rights” and with “privilege” to those with money and power, making God’s law of no effect. The time we’re living in is bringing sorrows and hardships and now more than ever before, we need to obey God and keep the peace.
We’re told in Romans 12:18 that whenever possible we are to try and live in peace with all people. We won’t always like what they do or say, and they may criticize or even mock us to hurt us and to even make us angry, but God says that we are to keep things peaceful. We are to turn away from creating a stressful situation and do all we can to keep the peace. Jesus even told His disciples that if there wasn’t peace where they were preaching that they were to just leave.
- And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, “Peace be to this house.” 6 And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.—Luke 10:5-6
God doesn’t want us to deny who we are and agree with them or join in with their sinful ways to keep the peace. He wants us to be the testimony of Christ—always speaking the truth, always representing God in all our words and actions, and always telling others about Christ. And if the people don’t want to hear it, then it’s not for us to shout at them or threaten them with hellfire or criticize who they are. We need to always remember that these people are creations of God who are lost in this sinful world. Our heart needs to line up with God’s heart for them because if they continue on the path they’re on, they will die lost and spend eternity in hell. This is not what God wants for them and it shouldn’t be what we want for them, either.
- I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.—Ephesians 4:1-4 NKJV
Our heart should look beyond the person they appear to be so we can see the soul that God created in them. And we won’t see that if anger and hostility rise up between us, or if we think it’s our place to judge them and criticize them for not being who we want them to be. When the peace of God is present, we can show His love to them. But some things take time and that’s okay because God is always patient with us, so we must be patient with others. We can’t replace peace with pride and our own ideals and expect them to see Jesus in us—because they won’t.
When we keep the peace with those who don’t know God, we leave the door open for them to talk to us or to someone else about God later on. But when we argue, cause animosity between us and them and play God and judge them, then we open the door for the devil to move in and build a big wall between them and God. And he will do his best to ensure that this wall stays there so that they may never listen to anyone again who tries to tell them about Christ.
The popular social Medias offer amazing opportunities for us to share the gospel of Christ with others. But sadly, they are abused by Christians who feel the need to chastise and condemn those who don’t “live like Christians”. The result is that they either create large groups of followers who think the same way they do and who feel it’s their job to judge and criticize others, or they turn people away from knowing Christ because they feel that Christians are just judgmental critics who think themselves to be perfect with the right to condemn others.
This is not what God wants us to do. Jesus said many times in the New Testament to keep the peace. He healed people and told them, “Go in peace”. He wants us to be peacemakers because then people are willing to listen to us and to talk to us, and only then will their hearts be open to receive the good news.
- Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.—Matthew 5:9
We need to take our cue from Apostle Paul. He was noted for greeting people with a salutation of peace and for ending his thoughts with the hope that God’s peace would be with us. He didn’t give sermons that called people names or that said how disgusted he was with their beliefs. Instead, he preached the gospel of Christ and gave love, hope and peace to all who listened.
It’s not about us being right or them being wrong. Christianity is sharing the love and peace of God with others. It’s about teaching the gospel and warning others that hell is very real, and that Heaven is where Christ is and where He wants us to be, too. We are God’s children and He wants us to reach those who are lost and get them saved. And He wants us to live in peace and preach the gospel in love because then, even the most vile person will see the love of God in us and will hopefully want God in their heart, too.
- If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.—Romans 12:18 NKJV
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