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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spiritual Sundays

Are you a:

Peace ~ Maker OR Peace ~ Keeper?? Last week in our Series titled "Getting Past Your Past" Pastor Craig Groeschel shared on the difference of

Peace -keeping vs. Peace - making.

I will be honest. I always felt it IMPORTANT to "Keep" the Peace. It wasn't until I started learning a few things such a boundaries or even personalities that I started to recognize that "Keeping" the Peace is sometimes really just sweeping things under the rug or better known as "Stuffing my feelings, and being run over."

Pastor Craig said it this way....

"A Peace Keeper" is one who hates conflict and stuff's their emotions, brushing them aside and refuses to work toward reconciliation.

"A Peace Maker" will face conflict and/or the issues with humility and intregrity, always seeking to work toward reconciliation, healing and in turn bringing about true Peace!

I don't know that you could find one person who has not been "hurt" and as much as we sometimes can focus on that hurt or that pain, we would do best working on those situations or people where we are ones who have caused the hurt. Seeking to bring forth Peace, not only allows for freedom within, and freedom to those whom we have hurt, but it is in this process that the LORD is Glorified.

It is in humility that we can seek to bring forth Peace. It is in humility that we can honestly look within and look into those whom we have wounded and ask forgiveness. When Christ brings truth into the light, exposing it...it is here that Peace and Healing are made. Not kept. Freedom goes forth and brings life to all in its path.


Matthew 5:9
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God

Thank you Charlotte and Ginger for hosting Spiritual Sundays. Please join in with us each week and be blessed by so many who share their hearts and the Love of Christ ~ You will be blessed!

11 comments:

sarah

this is really well said Loren...Hope you have a great long weekend standing strong in Him...

Beth.. One Blessed Nana

I desire to be a peacemaker but sometimes i fail! I am reading Craig's new book and love it!

Betsy from Tennessee

Well-done, Loren. I sometimes think we need to have a little of BOTH qualities.. Sometimes it may be best to just 'leave well enough alone' if you know what I mean. For people whom you know you CANNOT under any situation change their minds --it's just best to keep the peace by agreeing to disagree.... Just a thought!!!

Have a fabulous Memorial Day Weekend.
Hugs,
Betsy

micey

peacekeeper here <---
learning to be a peacemaker
thanks for your encouragement. it means a lot to me!

Charlotte

I used to be a peace keeper, but now (most of the time) I am a peace maker. I guess the Lord showed me over the years that I wasn't really keeping the peace, I was just hidding the truth. Sometimes truth hurts, but it is always worth speaking and worth hearing:)

MTJ

Hi Loren,

Thank you for sharing such an informative post. It reminds me of what Paul wrote in Romans 5: "Therefore since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,"

Jesus is our Peace Maker. That thought gives me comfort and joy.

Blessings and peace.

MTJ

George

I think we put too much emphasis on 'peace keeping', when we should work at 'peace making'. Thanks for a wonderful post. I hope you have a wonderful and blessed Sunday.

Pamela

Hmmm...I never thought of it that way. I think I lean too much towards the peace-keeping. Lots to think about in this post. God will use it in my life, I have no doubt.

Thankful for you,Loren.

Pamela

virginia

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

Girly Muse

I have always called myself a peacemaker, but now, seeing this, I realize I have been a peacekeeper. What a difference!!! This is a revelation! Just this past week, have been praying for boldness to say the things I need to say and keep quiet about the things I don't need to say regarding keeping a peaceful relationship...this gives me much to think about. Love you. Pray for me, please.

Charlotte

I totally hate conflict and confrontation. After reading this I think I fall more into the peace keeping category. I need to work on being a peace maker. Thank you for pointing out the difference.
I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Your little granddaughter is darling. The pictures are great.
Blessings,
Charlotte

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