Peacemakers - Restoring the Breaches

"For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company." - Psalms 55:12-14 KJV

A vitally important area we need to look at in this season is those in the Body of Christ who have been wounded by other Christians and Christian leaders. These deep-rooted traumas caused many to walk away from the Body of Christ, vowing never to trust anyone again. This is a spiritually dangerous place to be, creating a feeling of rejection, leaving them isolated, and vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy.

One of the most significant violations one can suffer is from those who are entrusted to be our spiritual and moral guide. We are in need of peacemakers, those who can reconcile members of the Body of Christ, those who will speak life to the dry bones, those who will bring healing, and those who will go after the one wounded sheep and restore. I believe that in this season, God will raise up those who will help repair the breaches in the Body of Christ.

We are taught to forgive, but that is only part of the process. We also need to restore. Yes, forgiveness helps. But forgiveness is more than words.

Here is a test of true forgiveness. What do you feel when you meet someone on the street that you have said you have forgiven or has left your church. Do you try to avoid them? Are you cordial but cold? Or do you embrace them as a brother or sister in the Lord?

"But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness." - James 3:17-18 NLT

And this is God's example of how it should be. When we are forgiven of our sins through the blood of Jesus, the slate is wiped clean as if the sin never happened. This is how it should be with us. Can we honestly say that the thing that happened never happened? We often forgive, but we don't forget. We often express our sorrow to God, but not to the others involved. We often repent, but we rarely restore the relationship.

Becoming a peacemaker, mediator, and restorer of relationships is a ministry that is needed in the Body of Christ.

For the Body of Christ to come together as one in the unity of the Spirit and the faith, there needs to be healing of these wounds and restoration to purpose and calling. I believe that we will begin to see whole movements of those who have a special gift of healing and restoration for these wounded ones.


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