Being Uncompromising Peacemakers
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager
A. We live in a world that is not peaceful (John 16:33).
1. This is especially true toward us as we are not of the world (John 15:18-21).
2. We have to remember that this world has a different rulebook (Ephesians 2:2-3) than we do (Psalms 119:11).
B. Yet, as God’s people, we must be a peaceful people (Psalms 34:14 and Hebrews 12:14).
1. We serve the “God of peace” (Hebrews 13:20).
2. Our Lord is a peacemaker (Romans 5:1, Ephesians 2:13-14, and Colossians 1:20).
3. Whom are we to follow (Ephesians 5:1 and I Peter 2:21)?
II. Body: “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).
A. When possible, we are to live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:17-21).
1. There are times wherein even the best of actions on your part will bring others to act violently (Acts 17:1-14).
2. In what we just read, we found how fleeing is often the best option to be peaceable (Matthew 10:23).
3. I know, at least for me, “backing down” is a challenge. Yet, this is what is required wherein POSSIBLE. We cannot allow that youthful “manhood” pop up and fear being “punked” (II Timothy 2:22).
a. Understand we have the right of self-defense to use when necessary (Exodus 22:2-3, and Luke 22:36-38).
b. But, there are times not to exercise that right (Matthew 26:47-57 and Acts 8:1-4).
c. Forget the “I’ll get you back” mentality (I Thessalonians 5:15).
4. Accept that God will judge those whom wrong us (Hebrews 10:30-31).
B. Yet, even in the utmost efforts to seek peace, there are times wherein we cannot compromise physically or spiritually and must take a stand even if the result will not be carnal peace (Matthew 24:43 and Jude 1:3-4).
1. Jesus knew when to act (John 2:13-17).
2. Jesus knew when not to act (John 10:37-40 and John 11:53-54).
3. We have to balance the right times to act and not act (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).
4. Never compromising when it comes to right from wrong (Acts 5:25-29).
C. What do we do when we are amongst troublemakers (Psalms 120:6-7)?
1. Withdraw ourselves from people creating strife (Proverbs 22:10 and I Timothy 6:3-5).
2. Withdraw ourselves from situations that create strife (Titus 3:9).
3. Use words to generate peace rather than strife (Proverbs 15:1-4).
III. Conclusion: II Corinthians 13:11
© 2016 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager