Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Our Archbishop has challenged us to become peacemakers as we journey through the year.
We are called to live in peace with everyone, as much as we can, so what does the Bible say about a peacemaker? What is one and how can we be one?
No-one can truly be at peace until they’ve made peace with God, so there’ll be no peace of God until you’re at peace with God. The Apostle Paul writes that “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom 5:1). Thus, we are challenged to make peace with God through Jesus Christ or we will never have the peace of God and will never be at peace with God. God highly values peacemakers and it’s in our own best interests to be a peacemaker since “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” (Matt 5:9).
I think we’ve all probably been peacemakers before without even realizing it. When we try to diffuse an argument between two people, we’re being a peacemaker. When we try to seek a compromise between two fractional parties, we’re being a peacemaker. When we’re trying to break up two children from fighting, we’re being peacemakers. We’ve done that in situations before without even knowing it. We have had issues at times and quickly decided to not make it personal. We have thought, “Let’s present the problem and put it in the middle of the table and have both sides reach out to compromise on something that they can both agree on.” If we can get them to agree on some things, then maybe we can get them to agree on reaching a middle ground in order to reach a peaceful solution. All sides might not totally agree but that doesn’t mean that they have to be disagreeable with one another. It’s one thing to have differing opinions but it’s another to dig in our heels in and not give an inch. Doing so may lead to an impasse…and that leads to no solution at all. What it will do is create a lot of friction between people but no solution. There might be lots of heat but little light. If we can make the issue the central focus and not the parties, we can tackle the problem more easily and rationally. We need to attack the problem and not each other! Peacemakers can often see the middle ground more easily and more objectively than those who are positioning from different sides. Worth reflecting on as we journey through the year together.
Weekend Worship will be held in St Luke’s Chapel on Sunday 9 February between 5.30 pm and 6.00pm. As this is our first service for Term 1, this will be our Community bring and share picnic evening. Please come along and bring a plate of food to share following the service. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Father Iain Furby