Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Jesus said, -"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God." -Matt. 5:9

In a world with so much chaos and hate how vital is it for Christians to live in harmony with one another? People are looking for peace, but they are looking for it in all the wrong places. Why aren’t they looking toward Christians? The answer is somewhat startling and abrasive, but it’s the truth. Christians, for the most part, are not living in peace with one another.

A peaceable disposition is to characterize the relationship between Christians. Such a friendly correspondence does not issue forth from man's nature, for the natural man is a wolf to the other. However, God changes that cruel and savage nature and grants His children to be at peace with Him in Christ; this, in turn, engenders a peaceable heart toward's one neighbor.

Peaceableness is the fruit of regeneration. The effect of being at peace with God is a striving to interact with our neighbor (i.e., other Christians) in sweet harmony. It will do us no good to imagine that we have a peaceable heart if we are not enamored to live in peace with our closets neighbors, other Christians. A person with a true peaceable heart cannot help but strive for peace in their relationships. We are to seek to live in peace, which implies, having fellowship with people pleasantly and harmoniously.

However pleasant and desirable peace may be, we must nevertheless be on guard that we do not pursue and maintain it at the expense of truth and godliness. There are people who are fearful of experiencing the displeasure of others that they readily yield the truth entrusted to them, in the name of tolerance. Such people will hide behind "peace." Let me clarify; we are not to sacrifice truth in the name of peace. To do so is to reach the height of hypocrisy. However, peace and truth are not mutually exclusive; they are twin graces provided by God to the believer.

Are you a peacemaker? Does your life resemble the disposition of a peacemaker? How many discordant thoughts do you have? How sharp and biting are your words? How readily are you to quarrel and entertain animosity in your heart? We ought to mourn over our lack of peaceableness in the body of Christ. Furthermore, we should seek to banish all discord, striving to have a peaceable heart and to live peaceably. Jesus also said, -"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this, all people will know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another." -John 13:34-35

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