Too often we see peace as merely the absence of conflict, and we think of peacemaking as a passive role. But an effective peacemaker actively pursues peace. He or she builds good relationships, knowing that peace is a by-product of commitment.

The peacemaker anticipates problems and deals with them before they occur. When conflicts arise, he or she brings them into the open and deals with them before they grow unmanageable.

Making peace can be harder work than waging war, but it results not in death but in life and happiness.

1 Peter 3:11 Turn away from evil and do good. Search for peace, and work to maintain it.