Are you a peacemaker or a troublemaker?
At some level, we’re always creating peace or causing trouble for the people around us. Without realizing it, we set an atmosphere by what’s going on inside of us. When we’re troubled, upset, agitated, we pass that on to others.
The opposite is also true. When we’re at peace, quiet and restful in our souls, we pass this on too.
That’s part of what Jesus was talking about when He spoke these words in Matthew 11:28, 29 (NLT) “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
To be around Jesus is to be around a rested, peaceful soul. When we hang around with Him, His spirit positively infects us. We find rest every time we’re in His presence.
In a similar way, when we’re at rest and peace, others will be positively infected with the peace radiating from our lives. We can become true peacemakers, instead of troublemakers to others.