1 John 2:15-16: “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”

If we love the world we’re part of a worldwide problem. If we love the people in the world then we’re part of the solution. When John wrote his letter he didn’t want to encourage its recipients to take an eternal leave of absence and become a recluse. He wanted us to engage in peacemaking.

What are peacemakers?

Let me begin to paint the picture by saying peacemakers are no doormats. Peacemaking has nothing to do with keeping our voice down and our eyes closed to avoid ruffling any feathers. Even though peacemakers love people, people may not love then. Some people do, some people don’t. It all depends on their attitude.

As peacemakers we will run into people who are devoted to money, success and power. If that happens, peacemakers will be considered a nuisance because in their presence those power-hungry people feel exposed for what they really are. It’s not going to be pretty, and it’s nothing new under the sun. I believe every generation has brought forth peacemakers who have dealt with this situation.

As peacemakers we invest ourselves. We are passionate about people and this planet. We fight to protect the weak and better the cause of those who cannot fight for themselves. We become advocates. We do the little things that few notice but make a huge difference.

It’s difficult to swim upstream. That’s exactly what peacemakers do, all the time. Don’t even think for a moment that peacemaking is something you can do on your own. Idealistic humanitarians usually get stranded. It’s a tragedy when something good is destroyed.

Here is something to think about: God’s goodness can’t be destroyed. God is good all the time, and we need His goodness to keep our hearts at peace. Jesus was the pioneer in peacemaking. He is called the Prince of Peace and rightly so. In Jesus we see all the classic symptoms of peacemaking. People were drawn to Him and at the same time people were highly offended by Him. Ironically, our number one peacemaker, Jesus of Nazareth, didn’t go peacefully. He was brutally murdered. A true peacemaker, He did not fight back to defend himself, and yet He did not back down or compromise when it came to standing up for what is right and good.

To become a peacemaker we embrace Jesus. That’s how we change the world.

Peacemakers write history. Peacemakers are ahead of their time. Thanks to peacemakers humanity has evolved and is still around. Thanks to peacemakers there is hope for the future.

Be part of the solution, not part of the problem – and join Jesus in the biggest peace movement the world has ever seen.