Thursday, April 27th, 2017
Self-Examination (Part 37)
Mouth: Your Peacemaker
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14 (NKJV)
For Mordecai the Jew was second to King Ahasuerus, and was great among the Jews and well received by the multitude of his brethren, seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his countrymen.
Esther 10:3 (NKJV)
I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people--for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, Who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the Truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 (NIV)
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't let Satan's con men confuse you. Don't let foul fearmongers frighten you. Don't let offensive remarks rile you. Don't let evil tidings trouble you. Don't let small irritations irk you. Don't let mob mentalities move you. Don't let newsmen or politicians pull you into negativity.
You're called to follow the 'Prince of Peace' (Isaiah 9:6): to assume the role of peacemakers; to carry His peace and extend it toward others who've never had it.
As I ponder today's devotion, Donald Trump is a new president. Half of America dislikes him and most of the press despises him. Therefore, they voice strong accusations and divide Americans further. I've never seen this country so split.
During the challenges of Esther, the lovely cousin of Mordecai, the Jews were second-class citizens in the pagan nation of Persia. When they were scheduled for destruction, the Lord (through Esther's words) changed their fate. Mordecai became the king's main man and assumed the role of peacemaker, reuniting sad and mad people.
For a hateful handful of decades, the Christian church despised Hollywood. Although they thought they had good reasons, their condemnation made matters worse.
Now you've got a chance like Mordecai: to build bridges on troubled waters; to bless those who were called enemies; to love those other Christians have cursed; to rise above worldly politics and show all men the kindness of Christ.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Examination series.