Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
This text is a part of Jesus "Sermon on the Mount." Also known as the "Beatitudes" which is a declaration of "blessedness" spoken by Jesus.
Jesus says "blessed are the "peacemakers."
Peace-Shalom in Hebrew. Harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and goodbye.
Peace is more than just the absence of conflict. It has a lot to do with our day to day relationship with one another also, be it people or nations.
Peace just does not happen on it's own. It has to be desired and then acted upon.
We need reconciliation at all levels of human interactions and all levels of our relationships with one another.
Making peace is not easy, but it is possible. It starts with "LOVE" for God and then one another. Mark 12:30- 31-You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’[a] This is the first commandment. 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no other commandment greater than these.”
What the world needs now is "peace" with God, "peace" within ourselves and "peace" and peace in our relationships with one another in a world where there is so much division, hate, power struggles, threat of war and rumors of wars, anger and rage.
As Christians, we are called to be "peacemakers " and not confusion or trouble makers.
When we purpose in our heart to be a "peacemaker" anger, hate, revenge and bitterness has to die because it no longer has anything to feed off of.
Scripture declares that one identifying factor about the people of God is that their behavior after God's saving grace will be one that exhibit peace and not strife.
After sin in the garden, man was was at war with God, but, God in His love and mercy for humanity, put on flesh and came to earth in the form of His Son, Jesus Christ to reconcile or bring back peace between man and Himself.
Peacemakers are not only "blessed", but they are also called the "children of God."
Oh, what a breath of fresh air and a sigh of relief these words bring to those of us who were once alienated from God with a spirit of unrest and no peace, but are now reconciled back to Him through Christ Jesus.
Because of what Christ did for us in reconciling us back to God, we should put forth every effort at every opportunity to make peace with one another.
Are you at odds or war with someone? Do you want peace between you and them? It has to start with you!
So how can we be peacemakers? We can start by daily striving to work God's plan for His world given to us in His bible.
Our responsibility as people of God is to bear witness of God's peace through our life living.
No, we are not able to bring about the peace that only God can bring, but we are called to be an example of those who truly belong to the Kingdom of God in the earth in our attempt to daily be "peacemakers" through Christ example He has given us.
Being a peacemaker is much more than the absence of war, or being “against war.” It is the presence of God's love in the midst of hate and evil.
Conflict is everywhere, but we do not have to partake of it.
Matthew 5:43-44 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven.
Peace isn’t just tolerating each other. Peace is about recognizing ourselves in others. Peace is about realizing that we are ll in the battle of life together. Peace is about recognizing the need for each other.
Peacemaking is a work of God and not of man. Peace brings reconciliation which only God can do in the earth, in and through those who are willing to allow Him to work through them by means of His Holy Spirit.
If you daily make the choice as a child of God to be a "peacemaker" Jesus says you are not only blessed, but you shall be called a "child of God" who seeks the good for all through loving people as Christ has loved you.
Is Jesus describing you when He says "blessed are the peacemakers?
Where do you stand concerning peace in your relationship with others?
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