I had a great opportunity today to attend a seminar on conflict coaching by the folks at Peacemaker Ministries. I’ve been so convicted that I need to learn everything I can about becoming a peacemaker. Think back to the many conflicts you’ve experienced in your life. How did you handle them? Were you an abassador of reconciliation like Paul described in 2 Corinthians 5?
“Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21, HCSB)
Or did the conlict go nuclear?!? I must confess that most of the conflicts I’ve been involved in ended terribly. I pray that our church will have a culture of peace that grabs the attention of our community. We have a tremendous responsibilty as ambassadors. Will you join me in placing peacemaking as a top priority?
The seminar was hosted at Dawson Memorial Baptist Church in Homewood, AL. April and I attended there for about five years after we were first married. It was such a blessing to see our old friends Jan Jones and Don Steen today. I look back at our time there and realize that God used them and many others to help me grow in my walk with Jesus. I pray that God will continue to bless the incredible work that Dawson is doing to build the kingdom of God!