Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9
I am enjoying writing these posts on the Beatitudes. I don’t profess to be a biblical scholar at all. I’m just a big reader and doer of God’s word and I just get inspired to share the Gospel with others. There is an old song with the words; “I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody, about somebody, who can save anybody!”
What is it like to be a child of a Father who created the earth and everything in it? What’s it like to be a child of a Father who owns everything we see, hear, touch, feel and taste? What is it like to be a child of a Father who can hear everything we say, even when we think He doesn’t hear us? What’s it like to be a child of a Father who sacrificed His only begotten Son because He loves us so much?
I wish I had the answers to those questions, but based on what I’ve experienced in His presence and what I’ve seen Him do, I do know it’s indescribable. I mean what power God exhibits to us everyday when night turns into day! And He gives us a sample of His coming Kingdom when we live in righteousness before Him!
Matthew 5:9 gives us plain and clear instruction on one of the things to do and that’s be a peacemaker. There is so much violence going on. There are so many disagreements going on. There are so many external and internal conflicts going on and somebody has to be the one that brings peace into these situations. The reason for these conflicts is explained by Jesus in John 10:10:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The thief is Satan. And the only thing that defeats him is what Jesus has placed in all of His saved disciples – His Holy Spirit. This verse tells us there is a conflict against good and evil and we, disciples, are charged with making a difference and being a peacemaker is a part of the solution.
It’s not easy being a peacemaker. But step in and reflect Jesus when things get hot at home, on your job, at school, even in your church. You’ll get ridiculed, persecuted, isolated and depending on what part of the world you live in, terminated for being a peacemaker. But read what Jesus said to those who strive to be a child of God:
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. – Mark 10:29-30
Our God in heaven. We seek you to teach us how, and give us courage to reflect your nature of peace in this violent and dying world. – Amen.