Before I left on vacation, I asked this question on my Facebook page, “How do you make peace with someone who doesn’t want peace?” The responses were pretty much the same, and one resounding spirit became evident. “You cannot make peace with someone who doesn’t want peace.”
Being a peacemaker means we are to bring peace that resides within us to every situations we find ourselves. If we don’t have peace inside us then we cannot be a peacemaker. A peacemaker sometimes gives other people what they want. If what they want is within our reach. For instance, if people don’t want contact with us, we don’t contact them. If they want us out of their lives, we oblige and give them exactly what they want. We also have relationships with them based on what they can handle at the present moment. A peacemaker does not overstep their boundaries in relationships. By walking away quietly, we bring peace to their lives and to our own.
Peacemakers are also conscience of the atmosphere around them, whether it’s in their families, their workplace, or their circle of friends. When you are filled with peace you find ways to help others, you don’t thrive on chaos of he said/she said, and you are looking to God to help you bring peace where ever you may go. In this hate filled world where people thrive on conflict, name calling, and chaos, the peacemaker usually stands alone.
Conflict is constant in this world and a peacemaker needs to understand that. It’s difficult to make peace with someone who is embroiled in the conflict and the acts of hurting. But keep your chin up and your eyes looking up because “Blessed are the peacemakers! For they shall be called the sons of God.”