"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9, KJV
Two weeks ago when I looked at peacemakers, I focused on peace being the absence of war. This week let's look at the breaches in families or friends, which can be as painful mentally as wars can be both mentally and physically.
You've probably seen it--families split apart either by husband and wife splitting or by one family member disliking another. Or good friends who now won't speak to each other. Either situation doesn't affect only the two no longer showing love to each other--it affects other family members and friends, too, sometimes for life.
Particularly within families, grudges held between Mom and Dad leave scars on the children. Two little words, "I'm sorry," can go so far toward mending, but "I was right!" goes nowhere.
Marriage and family counselors specialize in peacemaking, but you can help, too. Pray for both parties, and tell both parties you are praying for not just one, but for each of them. Don't take sides--that only adds fuel to the fire. Did I mention pray for them? I did? Well, it bears repeating. And if you can talk them into it, get them to pray for each other.
And if you are one who is carrying a grudge, this might be the time to give peace a chance.
Prayer: Lord God, You know how to bring peace to troubled households and friendships. I ask You to place the urge for reconciliation between husbands and wives, between other family members, and between friends. Help them find again the love they once knew. For Your sake and for Your Glory, Lord. Amen.