When Jesus was preparing to return to heaven and was headed to Jerusalem in Luke 9, he needed to stop in a Samaritan village. Others went ahead of him to make arrangements, but the Samaritans would not welcome Jesus because he was headed to Jerusalem, which offended them for they did not believe one should have to go to Jerusalem to worship God. Jesus’ disciples asked him whether they should call down fire from heaven to consume the Samaritans because of their rejection of Jesus. But Jesus rebuked them. Some Christians believe that anyone who rejects the gospel of Jesus should be condemned and shunned today. But God is not eager that any should perish. Instead of treating unbelievers as eternally condemned, we ought to work for peace with them in the hopes that they will repent someday, before it is too late. Abraham did his best to live at peace with Abimelech and the Philistines. He understood his calling in the world to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. We too are called to bless others, and not to curse them. To hope and pray for the lost, and to seek to live at peace with everyone.
- God makes peace through us so we must offer peace to others.
- God makes peace through us so we must winsomely confront injustice so we may be at peace with others.
- God makes peace through us so we must sacrifice to resolve conflicts with others.