08 Sep Peace-Fakers
When the boys were little, we learned pretty quickly to gauge our reaction.
If they wiped out on their bike or scraped their knee on the sidewalk, they quickly looked to us to figure out how hurt they were. If we freaked out, they freaked out. If we stayed calm, they’d…well…still freak out, but they calmed more quickly.
Do you ever do that?
Fake peace to calm a situation or others?
“I’m fine… it’s fine…everything is fine…he-she-we-they is fine…it’s ALL FINE.”
But you’re far from fine.
Maybe you staved off an uncomfortable conversation, but nothing is actually resolved.
The Bible says, “If possible, as much as it depends on you, live peaceable with everyone.” (Romans 12:18).
That doesn’t mean we have to roll with every punch.
It means we need to do what’s godly even when no one else is. And, sometimes, what’s godly is speaking the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and helping someone rectify a lousy choice.
We aren’t doing anyone any favors to let a situation fester. We’re opening ourselves up to bitter feelings that could easily lead to sin.
Miserable are the peace-fakers, for they shall inherit a heavy heart and a bitter soul. (Susan 101).
Peacemakers might have to have uncomfortable conversations, but they have less baggage and regret.
Be a peacemaker.
Peacemaker: (n) a person who brings about peace, especially by reconciling adversaries
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9).
Susan E. Greenwood is a wife, a mother, and a mother-in-law :D. She has over 28 years of experience in youth and children’s ministries. Susan loves to write blogs, articles, devotionals, and curriculum. She has blogged for bible.org, and authors Mary Demuth, Lynn Cowell, and Ruth Schwenk. Susan writes regularly for skitguys.com. Her passion is to help people live their Life In Stride with the Word of God.