Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
James 3:18 NIV
More than a thousand Canadian Armed Forces members served in Cambodia to help stabilize and rebuild the country during four peace support missions between 1954 to 2000. In 1954 about 30 Canadians went there as part of the International Commission for Supervision and Control to help enforce the Geneva Accords. This military mission helped French Indochina transition to becoming three new countries—Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. In Cambodia, Canadian peacekeepers played several roles. They helped maintain order and supervised the withdrawal of French colonial forces and those from neighbouring countries.
In a violent world, where it seems so many are just barely able to keep their anger under control, followers of Jesus are called to bring peace to every situation. This isn’t easy. As human beings, we are prone to let our emotions lose. When we do, however, we add to the tension of a situation and fail in our call to be peacemakers. Jesus taught about this in the Beatitudes where He said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” If we are truly followers of Jesus, if we are the children of God, we must be peacemakers. The apostle also deals with this in James 3:18: “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.” Our righteousness is Christ alone. So as we bring peace to any situation, we are being the hands and feet, and voice of Jesus. If you are facing a tense situation, invite the Lord to use you to speak peace. We must be careful not to ever throw gas on the fire. When we have peace with God, we must allow that peace to flow from our lives continually. Be a peacemaker today.
These have been words from the heart.