Becoming a Peacemaker in a World of Discord
Imagine for a moment, you’re standing on a busy street corner in downtown New York City. The cacophony of the urban symphony is deafening. Cars honking, people shouting, the hustle and bustle of life in full swing. Suddenly, amidst the chaos, you hear a lone violin, playing a beautiful melody that seems to transcend the noisy disarray. The music, a breath of peace amidst the chaos, captures your heart. So it is, my dear friends, with peacemakers in our world today.
We find ourselves living in a world often characterized by contention and discord, a world not unlike that noisy New York street. But just like that lone violin, we are called upon to be peacemakers, a source of harmony in the dissonance.
The Savior Himself taught us in Matthew 5:9:
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Yet how do we weave this blessed peace amidst the noise of our lives?
To truly be a peacemaker, we must first master the art of inner peace. As we look in the mirror of self-reflection, let us ask ourselves, are we at peace with our own hearts? If we want to be called the children of God, then peace begins within, as we align our desires with the will of our Heavenly Father, a principle deeply illustrated in the Book of Mormon, Alma 7:23:
And now I would that ye should be humble, and be submissive and gentle; easy to be entreated; full of patience and long-suffering; being temperate in all things; being diligent in keeping the commandments of God at all times; asking for whatsoever things ye stand in need, both spiritual and temporal; always returning thanks unto God for whatsoever things ye do receive.
Furthermore, Doctrine and Covenants 88:125 teaches:
“And above all things, clothe yourselves with the bond of charity, as with a mantle, which is the bond of perfectness and peace.”
Charity, or the pure love of Christ, is a fundamental cornerstone in the foundation of peace.
Consider the story of Mabel. Her inner-city neighborhood was riddled with misunderstandings and bitter feelings. Unfazed, Mabel chose to be a peacemaker. She began by loving her neighbors, genuinely and deeply. She initiated community gatherings, advocated for open conversations, and radiated the love of Christ. She waved at everyone, smiled at everyone, and even delivered some homemade bread to those who were especially bitter. Despite initial resistance, her persistent love eventually prevailed. Today, her neighborhood stands as a symbol of unity and peace, a testament to the power of being a peacemaker.
In this contentious world, let’s strive to be like Mabel, like that lone violin. Let’s weave a melody of peace that will cut through the noise, bringing the music of the gospel into the hearts of those around us. Being a peacemaker may not be easy, but it is a divine calling, a role that each of us can play in our own sphere of influence, bringing us one step closer to becoming true disciples of Christ.