Peace on the Sea of Galilee
Abram and Lot journeyed to Bethel (means “House of God”) in the Promised Land. They had great flocks and herds, and the land could not support them. This caused tension among the herdsmen.
So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers. Genesis 13:8
Abram told Lot that they needed to separate in order to continue prospering and living in peace.
Lot, choose the direction you want to go, and I’ll go the opposite direction.
Abram, I’ll take the valley. It has plenty of water and looks like the best land.
So Lot took his flocks and herds and traveled towards the cities, as far as Sodom.
Abram walked in the opposite direction and settled in Canaan. There, God expanded His promise to Abram to include not only great descendants, but also vast land.
It costs to be a peacemaker, but God honors peacemakers. They are God’s sons.
Cost of peace
Abram gave the choice to Lot to preserve peace. Lot chose what he thought was the best land.
Peace between God and humanity cost Jesus His life. Jesus brought peace through His death on the cross, through taking our sin upon Himself and paying the price for our sin … death and separation from God. His disciples thought all was lost. But Jesus rose from the dead and now sits at the right hand of God speaking on our behalf.
Our Messiah’s peace leads to our salvation, completion, rest, and reconciliation with other people and with God. Our Shalom is the fullness of life.
Markers of a peacemaker
- Received Jesus.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, John 1:12
- Placed faith in Jesus.
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26
- Led by the Holy Spirit.
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. Romans 8:14
- Loves and prays for enemies.
You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven … Matthew 5:43-45
- Guarded hearts and minds
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7
Father, thank You that Jesus brings us peace with You. Father, loving our enemies is hard. Yet, Your dear Son loved His enemies and prayed for them. He asked You to forgive them. I pray for our enemies, those who hate You and hate Your followers. Father, show them Your love and Your forgiveness; show them Your holiness, and draw them to You. Soften their hearts, Lord, and cause them to receive Jesus as their Savior. Pour out Your peace upon them and upon Your children. Holy Spirit, lead us and guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Thank You, Father. In You, we have peace that is pure, merciful, and gracious.