“The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever” (Isaiah 32:17).
If there is sin in your life, you are at war with God and cannot be a peacemaker. Abraham—a peace-maker and friend of God–made peace with Lot, who was a friend of the world and, therefore, an enemy of God.
Purposefully, “Blessed are the pure in heart” (Matthew 5:8), precedes “Blessed are the peacemakers” (5:9). That is because only the pure in heart can be peacemakers.
“The wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness”
The adversary knows that God’s Word can only be sown in peace (3:18), so he will do all he can to get us confused, and keep us from being blessed by it. There is power in peace. If he cannot get us upset, he has no power over us; he only gains control when we “lose it.” Don’t let him.
The blessings bestowed on us, beginning with the fifth beatitude, are the very attributes of God: mercy (Matthew 5:.7), purity in heart (v.8), and peace (v.9). And the blessing of peace is godliness.
As peacemakers, our godly lives can reveal the war going on in lives of the unsaved. Although Jesus is the Prince of Peace, yet three times John reveals in his gospel (7:43; 9:16; 10:19), there was a division because of Him.
It was Stephen’s calmness as he faced his accusers that incited their hatred. And wherever Paul went, it seems there was either a riot or a revival. Righteousness is the only solution to men’s sinful hearts.
To reign in life, we must deal with sin in our lives because grace reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21). “Be holy because I, the Lord your God, am holy” (Leviticus 19:2).
The wisdom that is from above is peaceable. It begins with a pure life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is reasonable and submissive, and overflows with mercy.
Pure and holy I would be,
Worthy of Your love for me.
Teach me while Your light is clear,
Change me while my heart is near. –Mike Hudson and Bob Farnsworth