How do we go from being peacekeepers to being peacemakers? First, we have to understand what the difference is between being a peacekeeper and a peacemaker. A peacekeeper is reactive. Peacekeepers react to the external world out of selfish motives. They just want everyone to get along and not be mad because of their own desire to avoid conflict. However, peacemakers are internally motivated and seek to spread the light of Christ into every situation. Peacemakers are proactive. They don’t wait for conflict. They see the world in God-colored glasses and make peace in everything they do.
To be a peacemaker we have to be proactive in our relationships with others. If we said something that was hurtful, we don’t wait for the offended party to approach us. Peacemakers make amends boldly. Peacemakers are intentional in relationships and understand the importance of loving others as themselves.
The 12 steps are a roadmap to peace and to being a peacemaker. Christ made a way for us to navigate through this dark world. We act intentionally in love and when we are wrong, promptly admit it. Peacemakers let go of grudges and stay away from competition as we try to look better than others. Christ has shown us how to be makers of peace and we are the initiators of Christ’s peace.
Written by Jackell