How to Become an Ambassador of Peace
This week some of my friends have had to deal with very difficult situations. One was robbed at gunpoint. One was deceived by a business owner. One was over charged by hundreds of dollars. I am happy to report that these men responded with a very Christ-like attitude. It is inspiring to see how each one chose to be an ambassador of peace even though he may have been tempted to become angry and bitter.
· Has anyone ever taken advantage of you?
· How did you feel?
· What was your response?
· What does it mean to be an ambassador of peace?
The book of Genesis gives us several examples of people who had every right to seek vengeance yet chose to be an ambassador of peace. Not all of these people were considered heroes or central characters from Scripture. Yet their deeds are forever recorded in the pages of history. One gave up his rights in order to bring peace in the family. One chose to submit to her master even though she was being treated with disrespect. One king chose to act mercifully even though his reputation was at stake. One forgave his brother even though he was cheated out of his birthright and blessing. One had the courage to forgive even though he was sold into slavery by his brothers, unjustly accused by a woman, and imprisoned by his master.
You can learn more by reading the following passages:
· Genesis 13: 8-13 (Abram gives Lot the plains of Jordan)
· Genesis 16: 6-9 (Hagar is told to submit to Sarai)
· Genesis 20: 1-18 (Abimelech forgives Abram)
· Genesis 33:4 (Esau and Jacob are reconciled)
· Genesis 45: 4-7 (Joseph pardons his brothers)
Sometimes it seems our society is bent on justice and revenge. It is rare to find people who are willing to be ambassadors of peace; who are willing to give up their rights and give grace for the sake of a greater good. Read the following verses and list the qualities of a peacemaker.
· 2 Corinthians 13:11
· Hebrews 12:14-15
· Matthew 18:21-23
· Ephesians 4: 2-3
· Philippians 2:1-11
· Galatians 5:22
· What are the advantages of being humble, meek, forgiving, gracious, patient, gentle, and loving?
· What are the disadvantages?
· What is the most difficult thing about living by these principles?
· How can you become an ambassador of peace?
· Is there an area of your life where you need God’s help?
· If so, what do you plan to do?
Over the years I have flown in airplanes more times than I care to count. By now I think it should be routine, but I still feel a little nervous whenever I’m preparing to fly. Printing my ticket, checking my luggage, going through security, and finding the correct gate tend to put me a little on edge. It’s only when I find my seat and buckle the seatbelt that I begin to relax. I love to sit by the window and watch the scenery change as we climb to a cruising altitude. I’ve noticed that the world looks very different at 35,000 feet. You can no longer see cars, or people, or even houses. The earth suddenly becomes a mosaic of colors and patterns that fit together like pieces of a puzzle. From this distance everything takes on a whole new perspective.
The same is true when we read and study the bible.