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Leadership is Peacemaking: A Rock in the Hand or a Finger in the Dirt?

February 26, 2007

No matter what level of leadership we find ourselves in, peacemaking will be a big part of the job – that is if we are leading people, because people simply don’t get along.

Sometimes it seems that half the job of parenting is making peace
between siblings. Hospitals should issue striped shirts and
whistles to parents as soon as their second child is born, because the moment there is more than one child in a home, the family needs a referee, or two.

Why can’t we all just get along? Probably because the sin nature is real, meaning that people are basically selfish, sinful, stubborn, proud and insecure. Thus the endless need for peacemakers.

It is so much easier to stir up trouble than to make
peace. Throwing gas on a fire of relational strife requires no wisdom and no character, while peacemaking requires divine
wisdom and more character than most of us have.

Consider the story of the woman caught in adultery. (Ever wonder how they caught the woman and not the man?) The religious people all had stones in their hands ready to bring instant justice to the offending woman.

What about Jesus? He didn’t have a stone in his hand; rather, He had his finger in the dirt. He was not a stone thrower. He was a peacemaker.

What about you? Do you have a stone in your hand, ready to throw at a select few who mess up? (Remember, no one was aiming at the man.) Or,
are you a peacemaker with a ministry and message of reconciliation? Is there a stone in your hand, or is your finger in the dirt? When someone fails, do you respond like a Pharisee or like Jesus?

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God – Matt 5:9

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