You can read a lot of the key peacemaking concepts on their web site, but let me recap a few that have helped me.
- Conflict is an opportunity, not something to escape. Whether we "win" or "lose" a conflict, we can always use it to glorify God, serve our opponent, and grow to be more like Jesus.
- The Bible is sufficient to guide us in handling conflict. (We don't need the "help" of man-made philosophies.)
- Peacemaking is a powerful form of evangelism! Christians ought to be characterized by radically different resolutions to conflict.
- The gospel is what makes peace possible. If Jesus had not taken the initiative to make forgiveness available to us through the cross, the just dying for the unjust, the victim bringing healing to the aggressor, we would have no fuel to do the same with people who wrong us.
The video below demonstrates the way that many people try to make peace without Jesus. It's humorous. But it's also a bit sad, when you realize that this is really the way some people live, and these are the best peacemaking principles they know!
Hippie Peace from Peacemaker Ministries on Vimeo.