We are called to be peacemakers, not to be the one causing conflict. We should always choose to go the peaceful route unless there is no other option.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God-Matthew 5:9
The “peacemakers” have been reconciled to God. They have peace with Him through the cross. They now strive by their witness and by their lives to bring others, including their enemies, to peace with God.
Why does peacemaking stick out so much? It’s contrary to our nature, to our flesh. Naturally we are more apt to lash out when we don’t get our way or when we want to influence a situation. We want our way, we let our pride get in the way.
All wars are due to one side wanting their way and either they use force to get it or they retaliate to the other side wanting their way. We are to be peacemakers. This doesn’t mean that we let people walk all over us. We should standup for ourselves and what is right. When we are called to be a peacemaker, we’re being called to be the calm in the storm. We are to help the conflicting parties see each other’s view point.
When we are in a non-peaceful mindset our mind is not on God. Have you ever noticed when you’ve had a bad day or angry at someone, your thoughts are always on getting even or wanting revenge? How do we expect to have a healthy relationship with God, if we have that mindset. When we have a peacemaker mindset, we are aligned with God’s viewpoint. His creation was to be a peaceful one, and therefore we need to have that mindset.