The Peacemaker

Bible:

So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negeb.

Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. And he journeyed on from the Negeb as far as Bethel to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place where he had made an altar at the first. And there Abram called upon the name of the Lord. And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together, and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were dwelling in the land.

Then Abram said to Lot, “Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen, for we are kinsmen. Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right, or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.” And Lot lifted up his eyes and saw that the Jordan Valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan Valley, and Lot journeyed east. Thus they separated from each other. Abram settled in the land of Canaan, while Lot settled among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom. Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord. Genesis 13:1-13 ESV

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9 ESV

We love because he first loved us. I John 4:19 ESV

Reflection:

My Aunt Hilda had just won a lucky number drawing at the baseball game. She was very excited. She laughed and laughed, and kept saying, “I’ve never won anything before!” She had won a couple of cases of pop. My sister and I went to the ticket office with her to help her carry the heavy cases. Aunt Hilda insisted that we take some cans of pop for ourselves. She kept telling us to take more, still laughing and talking about how excited she was about winning. She was generous to us because she was very happy about winning and had won so much pop that it was easy to give some away.

My Aunt Hilda was a little bit like Abram. God had given Abram a lot of wealth–money and animals. He was thankful to God. When there was a problem because there was not enough land for both him and his nephew, Abram gave his nephew the first choice for which land he wanted. Lot should have showed his uncle respect and given Abram first choice. But Abram wanted there to be peace, and he knew God had given him so much that he was happy to be generous.

God has given us more wealth than we can imagine. We might not have a lot of money or nice things, but God has given us his wonderful love. He showed that love when he sent Jesus to be our Savior. In Jesus, we have all the love we’ll ever need. We can share the love of Jesus with others. We can share the good news of God’s forgiveness and help others find peace with God. Jesus is the one who made peace between us and God by dying on the cross so our sins could be forgiven. He is the greatest peacemaker of all.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, thank you for giving your love so generously to us, and for making peace between us and God. Amen.

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