Matthew 5:9, 38-48
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
Can you think of anything more peaceful than having a child fall asleep in your arms? There is something about the stillness, the preciousness, the total abandonment, into your protective care.
God is the source of peace. And the enemy of peace is sin. We have the message of peace in
Genesis 3:15, which promises the coming Redeemer; and at His birth, the angel announced, “on earth peace, good will toward men” (Luke 2:14). God’s Peacemaker is Jesus Christ, “for He himself is our peace,” Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:14. He is our Prince of Peace and the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Peace, for it is He who supplies and applies the peace of God to our lives.
To be peacemakers, we must know God and draw upon His supply of grace. However, we cannot keep peace we do not possess. If we don’t have it, we cannot personally enjoy it or be a peacemaker.
God never intended for us to keep His peace to ourselves. It is a gift to be shared with those around us. It should characterize our relationship as Christians and distinguish our behavior in our homes and churches.
Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, said, “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9), indicating that we are to be intentional about bringing peace to our relationships. We will be peacemakers—not troublemakers—if we truly know Christ, the Prince of Peace. We will build people up rather than tear them down; compliment instead of criticize: love people as Jesus loves us—which is unconditional and unfailing.
The greatest example of making peace is Calvary (Colossians 1:20). Jesus did not gloss over the horror of sin but openly exposed it. The apostle Paul wrote, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1). Those who have received Him as Savior have the capacity to live a life of peace and be a peacemaker.
As peacemakers, we turn the other cheek (v.39); go the extra mile (v.41); love our enemies, and pray for those who hate and persecute us (v.44). Because we have peace with God and the peace of God, we can be peacemakers for God through our attitudes, words, and actions.
To be peaceful, I must be kind
For peace can’t exist in a hate-torn mind,
So to have peace I must always show
Love to all people I meet, see, or know. — Helen Steiner Rice