I remember the exact season when the Lord began to work in my heart about becoming a peacemaker. It was spring of 2017 and I was steady. My heart was at peace and I didn't have any turmoil or strife within my home. It was a beautiful time of just sitting before the Lord and following his lead.
However, the Holy Spirit began to show me the thread between keeping peace in my soul, and making peace in the environments around me. You would think that making peace would naturally flow once a person has grabbed hold of it for themselves, but that isn't always the case.
It takes an awareness of God and self to reach a place of inward peace. Similarly, it takes an awareness of God and others to make peace around us.
Not everyone desires to make peace. There are many people who are content with keeping peace all to themselves. Maintaining something is quite different than establishing something. It takes people having the heart and love of God to speak peace over a situation where peace is nonexistent.
I realized that while I had reached personal peace, I wasn't necessarily being intentional about cultivating it around me. That truth bothered me, and it made me reflect on who God called me to be as a daughter of the Kingdom.
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