Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

(Matthew 5:9 ESV)

Children of God are to be peace-makers. This is another way the citizens of heaven live out their lives. We have been set free from the self-destructive war we wage against God and people through the peace-making ministry and life of Jesus. He actually gives us peace. Jesus accomplished this by fighting sin, Satan, and receiving the wrath of God that was to be for us.

Now, as his children, being filled with the Holy Spirit, we are to, by faith, be peace-makers. God has made peace with us through Jesus and is still doing this today. Making peace is ultimately about finding our rest in God. When we know his smile and embrace we no longer feel the need to make war with our words and actions.

Our goal is never to make peace with sin. We are to do battle with sin in a ferocious manner. Let us not waste our time and witness on fighting people in order to make ourselves look right….remember…we are blessed when we hunger and thirst for the righteousness of God….not ours.

William Hendriksen lays this out in his commentary on Matthew 5:8:

True peace-makers:

1. Those whose Leader is the God of peace:

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
As in all the churches of the saints,
(1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV)

and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
(Ephesians 6:15 ESV)

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.
(1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV)

2. Aspire after peace with all men:

If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
(Romans 12:18 ESV)

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
(Hebrews 12:14 ESV)

3. Proclaim the gospel of peace.

and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
(Ephesians 6:15 ESV)

4. Pattern their lives after the Prince of Peace.

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
(Luke 19:10 ESV)

You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.
(John 13:13-15 ESV)

Instead of writing more, I want to point you to a wonderful ministry called Peacemaker Ministries. Before moving to Thailand in 2000, my wife and I read their book called Peace-Makers and really benefited from it. They also have different resources for churches, teens, and marriages. Please take a few minutes and check it out. You will be glad you did.

Are you a peacemaker?
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  • January 23, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    I like it

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