Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

Peacemakers are not people who allow others to run all over them; peacemakers evaluate the situation, accept their portion of responsibility, and negotiate a compromise. Peacemakers do not look for what is the best outcome for themselves; but, look for the best outcome for all involved.

Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.”

When we put our trust in the Lord, we find an indescribable peace within us. That feeling grows and extends to others when we have conflict. In life, we will struggle in our relationships with others. It is inevitable. God calls us to a higher standard. He requires us to make peace; to work it out; to find a way around the issue.

Have you ever met someone who just stirs up trouble everywhere he/she goes? It isn’t hard to spot them. They are usually the ones with the dissatisfied grimace on their brow. They are the people who are always angry and complaining. If our eyes are turned inward, it’s easy to fall into this mode. We cannot find peace until we realize it isn’t about us; but when our eyes are upward, we’ll find it every time.

God expects us to be peacemakers, and He wants to bless us when we are. What friction are you facing today? What part of it is because of you? Evaluate the things you have said and done to cause the issue and then address it, with God in mind. Find the peace you need to make amends and receive your blessing from God.

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