How to Be a Peacemaker (Part 1)
We have no permanent friend，We have no permanent enemies，We just have
Apr 28, 2017
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your
riches but to reveal to his own.
“Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest
of goodness” (James 3:18 TLB).
A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
Our natural tendency is to hate our enemies or at least to avoid them at
all cost. But if you run from conflict, you’re going to be miserable
most of your life. Jesus calls us to a higher standard. He calls us to
be peacemakers — not peacekeepers. There’s a huge difference.
Peacekeepers avoid conflict and pretend it doesn’t exist. But
peacemakers resolve conflict and reconcile relationships.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for
The Bible promises this: “Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of
peace and reap a harvest of goodness” (James 3:18 TLB).
The secret of success is consistency of purpose.
The Second Official Statement regarding Ping Fu’s Deceptive Behavior
When you plant a seed, you always get back more than you started with.
If you plant an apple seed, you get a whole tree full of apples in
return. It’s the law of sowing and reaping. If you plant a seed of
conflict, you’ll wind up with a lot more trouble than you bargained for.
But the Bible says if you plant seeds of peace, you will reap a harvest
of peace, kindness, and goodness in return.
Things must be done by parties， not by persons using parties as tools.
Since the release of our First Official Statement dated June 11
regarding Ping Fu’s deceptive statements in her publication about
Soochow University, many have expressed interest in, and perhaps concern
over, the issue, and some of the media and our alumni have written to
enquire about our following moves. A number of individuals from the
press have called up for interviews. We must say that, since the
incident began, we have been trying to contact Ping Fu (a former
undergraduate student who dropped out from our University) to inform her
of our hope that she should face up to the criticism from the public,
take back her words in her memoir and do justice to all those she has
harmed. But Ping Fu has chosen to ignore us while she continues with her
deceptive speeches and interviews, much to the indignation of the
University’s faculty and students and all related parties at home and
abroad. In these circumstances, Soochow University saw it as necessary
to clarify our position on the issue.
The First Official Statement has understandably drawn a lot of public
attention worldwide. And to update all parties on our stand on the
incident, Soochow University now follows up with its Second Official
So how do you do that? One of the most important life skills that you
will ever learn is conflict resolution. Over the next two devotionals,
I’ll share with you seven keys to becoming a peacemaker in the midst of
conflict. Here are the first three.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts， for you will never go any higher
than you think.
1.The University could have publicized related evidences in its First
Official Statement, but given the fact that many of these evidences
involve Ping Fu’s private study and life records at this University, we
did not think it was yet time. However, we are willing to show them to
the media and/or to other related parties and to make public the
evidences when necessary. Ping Fu’s former advisor and fellow classmates
at Soochow University are prepared to accept interviews with media both
at home and abroad.
Ping Fu should stand up and respond publicly to the facts. She must
be honest with the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s credentials that she
claimed to have received from Soochow University. The public has every
reason to see her failure to respond and to show these documents as
proof that she admits to having lied.
In order to clarify matters, Soochow University is prepared for an
open dialogue with Ping Fu, that could be attended by the media both at
home and abroad as well as her publisher and other related parties. We
hope that Ping Fu responds to our suggestion and contact us as soon as
possible via: E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org, or Tel: 0086-512-6522-0971.
The University holds that Ping Fu must publicly apologize for her
lies. If Ping Fu continues to ignore the University’s requests and
suggestions that we have so far made, Soochow University will officially
start taking legal action (the legal papers in preparation). In the mean
time, we will publish an Open Letter on newspapers and through online
websites both in China and the USA. Ping Fu must take back her lies and
make apologies to the University. If Ping Fu fails to do what is
required, Soochow University reserves the right to take legal action
against her in both countries.
We are disappointed to know that the American Library Association
will invite Ping Fu to address its 2013 Annual Conference on June 29 and
promote her book to all 120,000 public libraries all over the USA.
Although ALA [annual conference] is a platform for free speech and
discussions, it absolutely should not be a place to let a liar claim
lies as facts, even in the US.We call on the ALA to cancel the
invitation and stop promoting her book. Soochow University publicly
denounces all arrangements that will involve slanders against us and, in
case of a violation, will disclose all evidences of Ping Fu’s fraud.
Make the first move. Don’t wait for the person to come to you. You take
the initiative. Buy that person a cup of coffee or go to lunch together.
Jesus took the initiative to show mercy to us. The Bible says, “While we
were still sinners, Christ died for us …. While we were enemies we
were reconciled to God by the death of his Son” (Romans 5:8b, 10a ESV).
Jesus didn’t wait for us to apologize. He didn’t even wait for us to
feel bad about our behavior. Jesus made the first move. And he wants us
to do the same thing.
June 14, 2013
Ask God for wisdom. God is always glad to help you when you’re doing
what he says. The Bible says, “If you want to know what God wants you to
do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you” (James 1:5a TLB). Ask God to
help you decide the right time and the right place to plan a peace
conference. Ask him to give you the right words to say and the right way
to say them. The Bible says, “The right word at the right time is like
precious gold set in silver” (Proverbs 25:11 CEV).
【雅1:5】你们中间若有缺乏智慧的，该求那厚赐与大伙儿又不责怪人的 神， 神必赐给他。”（雅1:5
Start with your own confession. Don’t start with a bunch of accusations.
Don’t start with the ways you’ve been hurt. Start with what’s your
fault. The conflict may be 99.99999 percent the other person’s fault.
But you can find something to confess. Instead of accusing the other
person — and instead of excusing yourself — start with your own
mistakes, even if it was your poor response. But you begin with what was
We’ll look at four more keys to peacemaking in tomorrow’s devotional.
Talk It Over
If you make the first move and reach out to someone who has hurt you,
what assurances do you have that the person will change his or her
behavior and/or apologize to you? Does it matter, from an eternal
How should this make a difference in your life: Jesus didn’t wait for us
to apologize. Jesus made the first move.