Peacemaking: Article #2 2021

The Person Who Loves, Wins!

“What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that
battle within you? You want something but don’t get it” (James 4:1-2)

Do you know how to love? It seems like an easy question, right? But how you love determines
your relationships and, to be honest, how you handle your conflicts.

What does love look like in your life today? We have spent a lot of time in isolation being tucked
away from family and friends with our smiles hidden behind a mask.

What does love look like in the church today? Some of us have been unable to return to church
and it leaves us feeling slightly out of touch and oftentimes alone.

All of us have experienced something along these lines, or know someone who has, and it can
add a heaviness that doesn’t help with conflict.

How can we approach conflict knowing that WE are loved? And showing those just coming out
of isolation that they are loved too?

According to the Peacemaker Ministries, “Peacemakers are people who breathe grace. Inspired
by the gospel, they draw continually on the goodness and power of Jesus Christ, and then
breathe out his love.”

Going into this new season in our walks with the Lord, let us commit to loving one another. Don’t
pay attention to what people have done to you or what you have done to others but let’s have a
renewed focus on what Jesus has done for us..

Lets handle all of our conflicts with a Cross-centric and gospel-centric approach. A life full of
love, because at the end of the day, life begins at the Cross.

Glorifying God is our first G.

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“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your
God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest
commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”