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Peacemaker Ministries Devotional: Be Imitators

by P. Brian Noble / January 31, 2020

Scripture

Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love, let not all the hardship seem little to you that has come upon us ... and all your people, since the time of the kings of Assyria until this day. Yet you have been righteous in all that has come upon us, for you have dealt faithfully and we have acted wickedly.  (Nehemiah 9:32–33, ESV)

Thoughts

In Nehemiah’s prayer, he refers to God as gracious, merciful, mighty, awesome, righteous, and faithful. Think about each of these characteristics of God. He is gracious (compassionate). Merciful (forgiving). He is mighty (strong). Awesome (to be revered). He is righteous (just). Ethical (moral). He is dependable and peaceful, a God of loving kindness and steadfast love. Even though we act wickedly, he deals with us faithfully.

Paul says, “Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children” (Ephesians 5:1, ESV). Think about all the words we just used to describe God. Think about how children imitate their loving parents. We are to imitate God in all of his attributes. We are to imitate his grace, compassion, mercy, and faithfulness. He is to be revered, and we are to revere him as do children who have loving parents.

Application

This topic is one of the most challenging aspects of our walk with God. We are to imitate his grace to others. We are to imitate his compassion and faithfulness. Whether our relationships are healthy or not, we still need to imitate God. Your marriage may be crumbling, but you need to show compassion and mercy to your spouse. You may have experienced the wickedness of this world, but you need to remain faithful and strong. Don’t lose heart. You don’t succeed by your grit or might; in the face of another’s wickedness, you are only able to imitate God because of his work through Jesus Christ on the Cross, as you are empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer

Lord, help me to imitate you. I am experiencing brokenness in some relationships right now. I need your compassion to transform my anger. I need your mercy to transform my judgment…. (Continue praying.)

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P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble

P. Brian Noble is an everyday guy who loves Jesus. He has been married to his best friend, Tanya, for 20 years and they have four children; they currently reside in eastern Washington. Brian has a Master of Arts in missional leadership from Northwest University. He is the Executive Director/CEO of Peacemaker Ministries. An ordained minister for the past 20+ years (3 years as a Youth Pastor, 14 years as a Senior Pastor, and 4 years as an Executive Pastor), he proclaims hope through the gospel message as the Holy Spirit empowers believers in their daily walk. He believes in the power of the Word of God to transform lives. He has been a Certified Christian Conciliator since 2008, with 1000+ hours of conflict coaching and mediation experience. His caseload has ranged from husband and wife cases, to family farm, to public schools, and even county government. Brian has taught peacemaking in local jails and even internationally in Uganda. His hope is that every Christian reconciles their differences in a way that glorifies God. His hope is that every Christian recognizes they are a Peacemaker before they try to do peacemaking. Finally, his hope is that every Christian reconciles by making authentic peace that blends justice, mercy, and humility.

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