“BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS, FOR THEY WILL BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD”.
About three (3) days ago, whilst praying with two colleague pastors and crying out to God about Ghana, our ministries, families and for our members and their businesses, and also the businesses of our friends and sponsors, one of them asked me a question; “How do I deal with trouble makers in my church? I stopped momentarily.
Trouble makers are people I personally do not want to focus my time and energy on. In the very recent past, we have all spent time, energy and resources discussing the violence that characterised the by-elections that took place at Ayawaso West Wuogon. In a country where basic amenities such as water, light and classrooms are still not available for a vast majority of our rural communities, people are fomenting trouble and we have to use our scarce resources to investigate, and in some cases, rebuild properties that are destroyed. The sad point is that, trouble makers in any society are the minority, and the church is no exception.
I have had the opportunity to speak at conferences, and also attended conferences. In most cases, one out of five percent of the congregation are trouble makers. The rest are peace makers. Usually, Peace Makers do not enjoy conflict and interaction with trouble makers. Peace Makers are not self-promoting, and will often keep their opinions to themselves. God honours peacemakers, and they are called children of God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God”.( Matthew 5:9)
Every peacemaker’s hope is that, others will see Jesus in the way they live. In every church, society or even in most countries, peacemakers always think about others before themselves.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others…”(1 Peter 4:8-11)
Peace is a fruit of love, a love that is also just.
Trouble is so expensive, we cannot afford it. …
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Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
#sociallysignificant #Lukebarson #Libertybreakfast.
Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.