I love peace. Rather, I adore peace and I hate conflict so much I’d love to just run when it happens. You know the fight or flight thing? Well, I’m definitely in the flight category.
But sometimes you can’t run and that unpeaceful thing stands tall in your life no matter what you do. For those mamas who hate conflict, this can be debilitating. And, guess what, we can join those who cry “Peace, Peace” when there is no peace.
Jesus asks us to be peace makers; He never approved peace fakers.
I’m going to just say it—even a peace maker at heart needs to learn not to fake peace. Jesus didn’t put the burden of creating peace in every situation on our shoulders, but He did say we are blessed when we can do so. This means there are times when we can’t, and times when we can.
“If it be possible, as much as lies within you, be at peace with all men.”
Peace makers dissolve fights willingly when they’re able to do so righteously; peace fakers pretend nothing is wrong when another needs to see a drastic, harmful sin.
Peace makers are humble enough to say “I’m sorry” first; peace fakers say “I’m sorry” just to cover up the problem and move on with the problem still staring her in the face.
Peace makers take the low road of acknowledging personal sin; peace fakers take all the blame, all the time, and pretend another has no sin even when they do.
Peace making leads to life; peace faking leads to an artificial, superficial existence where your soul is stripped of more and more of its joy.
Blessed are the peace makers who create peace when possible, but never shoulder the impossible.
Mothers, teach your kids, by example, to walk in truth, because only the truth brings ultimate freedom!
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Mathew 5:9)
5 thoughts on “Peace-Makers, or Peace Fakers?”
Wow! I never thought of that distinction before but it makes so much sense. Thank you.
It’s a very liberating truth, isn’t it?!
It is! 🙂
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Awww! These are some great thoughts. Thank you for sharing. 💙
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Thank you, Lydia. Such good, vital truths to live by!