If You Want Peace, Quit Fighting!!

If you’re striving to be a peacemaker, you can be sure that God is pouring out His blessing upon you, whether or not those blessings will be seen clearly this side of immortality. As it’s mentioned in Holy Qur’an in Surah Al-Baqrah, “O you, who have believed, seek help through patience and prayer. Indeed, Allah is with the patient. {2:153}

God wants us to be bridge-builders. He wants us to enter situation and every relationship in a constructive way. I often pray that God will help me do this, I urge you to do the same: God, help me always to seek to build up and not to tear down, to be constructive and never destructive.

Those of us who know the peace of God need to help transform this high-tech society of ours into a high-touch society. Many mental health professionals agree that human beings need several hugs everyday to function at optimum levels. They need to be touched and cared for and told that they matter. We need to pray that God will fill us so full of His peace and His love that they’ll overflow onto those we come into contact with everyday.

Have you ever had a friend who always had an encouraging word, a smile, or a tender touch that told you they cared? That’s what it’s meant to be a peacemaker. As I’d love to share a personal short story of my very good friend who, few years back, struggled against Cancer. She does what she can to bring love and kindness to others. She is a peacemaker, and in the midst of turmoil she lives a life of quiet peace. Those who strive for peace, receive His peace.

However, the world doesn’t always understand the peacemakers. If you’re one, you’ll probably have your motives, questioned. You’ll come up against people who don’t want peace because they like to bicker and fight. (Some people nurse grudges so long that the grudges grow into full –blown anger and resentment.) You may be told to chill out or that the conflict is none of your business. You may even be hurt in some way.

Just a few days back, there was a story in my local newspaper about a young man who tried to be a peacemaker and paid with his life. Two men were fighting, and he attempted to stop them. He hadn’t been involved in the argument at all. One of the men pulled out a gun and shot him three times, killing him. The friends of the dead man said that it was just like him to try to make peace.

In this world, it seems that the avocation of peacemaker can often be a dangerous one.

For example, I think of another peacemaker by the name of Martin Luther King.

His attempts to make peace were not between individuals, but between entire races. In a time when other black leaders were advocating the use of violence to obtain equal rights, and some were preaching peace, brotherhood, and non-violence.

Surely, Martin Luther King was a great leader in his people’s fight for freedom and equality, but every bit as much as that, he was a peacemaker. And he too, paid with his life, shot down in his prime as he stood on the second-floor balcony of a Memphis hotel.

At this point, you might be saying, ‘Now, wait a minute. You’ve been telling us that God blesses peacemakers, but then you tell us about two men who paid with their lives for their efforts to make peace. That doesn’t sound much like being blessed to me!’

Being blessed doesn’t mean you’ll physically live forever. It doesn’t mean you’ll live to a ripe old age. We must never lose sight of the fact that life is a gift from God. Every day is a gift from Him and a day He can use us to make peace and to make our lives count.

If we were to put our lives on a historical timeline from the first day to apocalypse, it’d be nothing more than a speck. If we lived ten years or one hundred, the size of the speck would hardly be visible even under a microscope. But when we understand the magnificent gift and promises of God for our eternal existence, the speck becomes the starting point for the life that lasts forever, of a life made significant by God’s dwelling in it.

I believe in the blessings of God, and I believe in a resurrection. I believe that God’s blessings far transcend anything that can happen to us while we live in the flesh. I also believe that you can experience God’s greater blessings even in the middle of what seems to be personal failure and tragedy.

I do not want you to come away from this article thinking that I’m saying that those who live in God’s blessings will never experience troubles. You’ll have tough times. There will always be problems. But that doesn’t mean God is not blessing you. In the midst of pain we can still see God’s blessings when we look for them by having a strong faith in God’s love and mercy.

By: @AyeshaShoukat99 (MW Contributor)

5 thoughts on “If You Want Peace, Quit Fighting!!”

  1. Wow. Ma sha Allah. That was a Beautifully written article and has its every word seeking attention of the writer and consequently, thinking about all the Blessings of Allah with whom He has blessed us.
    Thanks for a wonderful piece.

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