by Neil Anderson
Having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace
The next piece of armor is the shoes of peace . When you receive Christ, you are united with the Prince of Peace. You have peace with God right now (Romans 5:1), but the peace of Christ must also rule in your heart if you are going to live victoriously, and that is possible only when you let the Word of Christ richly dwell in you (Colossians 3:15, 16).
The shoes of peace become protection against the divisive schemes of the devil when you act as a peacemaker among believers (Romans 14:19). Peacemakers bring people together by promoting fellowship and reconciliation. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). Anyone can divide a fellowship, but it takes the grace of God to unite us in Him.
Too many Christians insist on common doctrine as the basis for fellowship. They reason that if we don’t think the same and believe the same, there is no basis for peace. But common doctrine isn’t the basis for fellowship; common heritage is. We’re all children of God. If you wait to fellowship with someone until you agree perfectly on every point of doctrine, you’ll be the loneliest Christian on earth. Instead of insisting on the unity of the mind, preserve the unity of the Spirit by taking the initiative to be the peacemaker in your relationships (Ephesians 4:3).
Some people like to play the devil’s advocate in their relationships and churches. I ask, Why? He doesn’t need any help! In His high priestly prayer, Jesus prayed, “I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me” (John 17:23). We have the promise that “the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet” (Romans 16:20). Ask God to use you to bring unity to your relationships by making you a peacemaker.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, use me today to bring unity to Your family. Enable me to be a peacemaker.