Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—through the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with everything good to do his will, working in us what is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Peace in The Conflict
Have you ever experienced conflict before? Maybe a better question is, “How have you handled the relational conflicts in your life?” To exist on this planet is to exist in some sort of conflict with yourself or with others. Yet so many of us want to run from conflict, ignoring it or choosing to allow someone else to deal with it.
A Gospel Opportunity
Hebrews 13:20-21 tells us that our God is a God of peace. It is a defining attribute of our Lord. When we go into a situation of conflict, because the Holy Spirit dwells in us we bring the very God of peace with us. If we are God’s ambassadors, then we carry with us His message and His blessing of peace. Therefore, any situation that requires you to be a peacemaker is an opportunity for Christ to be made known.
This is a primary reason we don’t shy away from conflict or adversity. Our faith can flourish greatly because we intimately join Christ in His work.
Called to Action
We aren’t only given the peace of Jesus—we are also called to do something with it. Hebrews 13:21 says that through the blood of Jesus, we are equipped with “everything good to do his will.” Doing the will of Christ means we love others as ourselves and seek their flourishing.
Friend, when we think that peace comes only from an absence of conflict, we are choosing not to get down into the messy parts of others’ lives. This is the blessing we get as Christians: to run towards the mess and not away from it. We don’t have to avoid conflict. Christ has given us a mandate to bring peace with us everywhere we go, and His Spirit has equipped us to do just that. This is what God’s Spirit can do within us so that others may experience His present and lasting peace.
Consider the opportunities you have in your day-to-day life where you can bring the peace of Christ to others. What can you do or say to those around you to make His peace known? Reflect on any situations of conflict that you may be avoiding. Pray for the boldness to make a change.