There are two words my children hear several times a day.
I say these words, over and over. Sometimes in admonition, sometimes in encouragement, sometimes in rebuke.
I have seven boys and one girl. And my children are wonderful.
But. But. But, they fight. They argue. They sometimes pick on each other and do some not-so-nice things. And I am trying. so. hard. To teach them, to mold them into His image, to love them and nurture them and lead them. I want my children to be kind and loving and helpful and cooperative.
Most of all, though, I want them to be HIS children.
And He says, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
So, I tell them, when they need reminding. Sometimes many times a day. And as I hear the words, I remind myself. Make peace.
"For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceit; let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it."
"Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord."
When there is an urge to say something out of frustration, irritation, disgust...
When things are hurried and hectic and things aren't getting done as you'd like...
When someone has violated your personal rights, possessions, space....
Because, as we make peace, we show we are His children.
As we make peace, His will is done on earth as it is in Heaven.
As we make peace, hearts are healed and relationships are restored.
We look like we. are. His.