Peacemakers in Society

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord’ ” (Romans 12:17-19).

We could have sub-titled this talk, “Supernatural Living,” because to fulfill God’s will we must act far differently than the culture around us. People fight for their rights and insist on them, they spend time and money on all sorts of causes, and often such efforts end in more turmoil than before. God’s people, on the other hand, must share God’s love and demonstrate Christ-like living.

The verses above can only be practiced by Spirit-controlled people. Without God’s power, we, too, would seek personal revenge, and aim to hurt people for all the injuries we have received from them, whether real or imagined. When the world buzzes with violence and turmoil, we need to respond as Christ would. Here are some helps:

1. Speak hopeful words to others.
It seems everyone has a cause, a drive, and a mission. But few have real hope. In a world where people seem to oppose one another, how pleasant it is to hear words of hope. Do you see people weighed down by the cares and hostilities of life? Point them to the source of true hope and offer an encouraging word. When surrounded by pessimism, people look for some kind of hope. Be ready to spread hope to a hopeless world.

2. Speak honest words.
We do not help matters by glossing over problems. Sin has brought a world of hurt and we see it all around us. People need answers to difficult problems. We need to speak truthfully and graciously. The Bible commands us to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15, 25). People need to hear the truth, and if God has spoken in His Word, we need to declare it. We will help people more when we speak it in love.

3. Speak healing words.
It’s not difficult to overhear harsh words. In fact, sometimes we use such words and others speak them to us. But a soft voice quiets contention (Proverbs 15:1). The Bible indicates that wise people speak few words:

“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding” (Proverbs 17:27).

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19).

God’s people need to proclaim His truth as the only real remedy to what troubles the human soul. When they turn to Christ, the healing begins. We, as His people, can be agents of healing as we speak the saving message of Christ.

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