Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
My mother was full of homespun wisdom. She was an avid student of Christian literature, and she put into practice what she learned.
Momo told me about a little tiff she was having with my father. Apparently, neither of them wanted to concede a point, and neither wanted to surrender. To this impasse, the Holy Spirit spoke, “Share with him some of the mints you’re eating,” was the simple directive, which implied reaching out across the firing line. At first she resisted, but the sweet Voice continued to nudge. Finally, Momo obeyed, and the battle was ended. Just like that.
Momo said that pride and the insistence on always being right can bring and maintain grief to any relationship. Humbling oneself can be as easy as extending an olive branch (or mint) to our opponent and then watching God bring down the barriers. Yes, we often have to be First Responders.
How many battles do we win and lose by refusing to make peace? How often do we miss golden opportunities for moving from the Self Life to Kingdom Living because winning is everything, and Self is very much in control?
I am learning that the more I listen and obey, the more consistently I experience God’s joy. And God’s joy is one of those fruits of the Spirit that grows in a heart that lives and moves and has its being in him.
Lord, thank you for nurturing me through family members who loved you and willingly followed even when it meant losing—for the time being. Help me to be a peacemaker. I want to be called a child of God. AMEN.