Last week, we kicked off our brand new blog, The Path of a Peacemaker. Before stepping on the path that will guide us to Ascend (go to God), Reflect (examine our hearts), and Connect (forgive and reconcile), we need to take a deeper look at the context for your story and mine. Where does it all begin?
The Storyline – Jesus, God incarnate, is the story. He came to rescue us from the sin and depravity that had tarnished the world, and had caused deep heartache and brokenness. As He walked among us, He provided many rich examples and teachings which demonstrated how we are to live in relationship with God and others. From His first breath to His last, His life was a powerful illustration of humility, passion, wisdom, and compassion. Jesus, the preeminent peacemaker, chose to pay the price to reconcile the human race back to God when He laid down His life on the cross for us. All of this has brought us to the realization that without Him, we have nothing – we are nothing. With Him, we have “everything we need for life and holiness” (2 Peter 1:3).
Our Story – While Jesus is the story, and provides the framework for everything we encounter in life, we all have a story, too. While no two stories are the same, we do share the common experience of living in a fallen world that cannot know peace without the divine intervention of the Savior. Whether your life experience has been filled with times of blessing and tranquility, or you’ve struggled through fears and tears, God is moving you forward in your “story” and desires to transform both the beautiful and broken places of your life into a masterpiece. As you weave in and out of the lives of others, you can rest assured that He has a plan for you and is working that out in your life.
In the upcoming months we will take a closer look at the story of a loving father and his two sons, also known as the story of the “prodigal son.” Then, we will compare their story to our own. I hope you will stay the course with me, and will offer your own thoughts and perspectives as we travel, The Path of a Peacemaker.
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