“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18).
Recently, a newspaper advertising headline caught my eye as I drove past – “Grangemouth is Saved“.
For one brief moment my mind tried to visualise a whole town being biblically converted, a whole town becoming Christian.
Well, nothing is impossible for God, but a whole town!?
That would be a greater miracle than the 3000 who were converted at Pentecost!
Coming down to earth again I realised of course that the headline encapsulated the enormous relief felt not only in Grangemouth, nor even in Scotland but throughout Britain, as the news broke that the management and unions at the local petrochemical plant had, at the eleventh hour settled their differences.
The plant would re-open and the jobs and livelihood of many would be saved.
A quick and silent prayer of thanks to God came into my mind, a prayer no doubt uttered by many individuals and church groups throughout the area.
If you know your Bible, you can recall Christ’s words in Matthew, Chapter 5: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” and the words of Christ`s brother James “Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness”.
Our world has a great need for more peacemakers, and Christians in particular are expected to set a good example for all.
Donald Matheson, Falkirk Free Church