Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called (Mature) sons of God. Mt.5:9
A peacemaker can get between two warring spirits and create peace without being contaminated by the confusion of their war.
Joshua 5:13-14 Are you for us, or for our adversaries? And he said, Neither; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come.
In book of Philemon, the Apostle Paul stood for a former slave who was his cell mate and he had fathered him in the gospel now the time had come for him to present Him back to his master Philemon, saying he now has confidence that both of them will do the right thing.
All of this was possible because Paul had built relationships with each of them, even going as far as to say that maybe all of this happened so that Onesimus (the slave) could become a brother in Christ, and be sent back useful to his master.
7 keys for bridge building found in the book of Philemon:
1——–Love must be the motivation and the greatest principle not religious law or duty, dogmas or preferences should never stand in the way of restoration because they are not more important then any people.
2——–Believe that God changes people but not necessarily the way we want them to be. He is able to make the weaker one to stand. Rom.14:4
3——–Be willing to sacrifice what you would desire in order to build bridges of restoration for others.
4——–Don’t be afraid to embrace each group or individuals that are at odds with each other there is no need to take sides we must know that the light in us is greater than the darkness in others .
5——-We should be open transparent and up front in our attempts to heal broken relationships.
6——-Be willing to stand for someone who cannot be able to stand for themselves.
7——-Give hope to each of them helping them to understand that they each are equally important to God’s overall plan and they can both benefit from reconciliation and unity.
Remember Christ died for the UN-Godly for the sinner for the ones others hate or despise remember anyone we cringe from we disqualify ourselves from healing.
“We are to be bridge builders, unity promoters, and fence menders”
Scott Stimson Sr.