What exactly is a “peacemaker”? When I was younger, I always envisioned someone who was able to restore peace… someone who was good at mediating difficult situations… or someone who understood the art of compromising. But is this what Jesus meant when He challenged us to be peacemakers? Now that we have come to the end our series, I’m beginning to see the term much differently…
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“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9
The Greek word Jesus used in this passage was eirēnopoios, which simply means to love and promote peace. But what does this look like in action? How does one practically make peace?
- A peacemaker lives in peace with everyone around them… The Bible tells us to live in harmony with everyone in our lives to the best of our ability. The key phrase here being “to the best of our ability.” So as a peacemaker, have you made done everything you can to create peace in your relationships? Are there areas of unforgiveness and unrest?
Never pay back evil for evil to anyone. Respect what is right in the sight of all men. If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men. – Romans 12:17-18
- A peacemaker spreads the peace of Christ to the world… Jesus is referred to as the Prince of Peace. He came to conquer sin and death and to bring His kingdom of peace into the world. And it is our job as God’s children to spread the news of His peace to the far corners of the earth.
In this way, we make peace… by bringing God’s peace to places that have never encountered it.
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- A peacemaker lives in such a way that their peace is contagious… God has really been challenging me personally in this particular area. We speak often of how joy can be contagious. But did you know peace is contagious as well? Think about it this way, when you are around someone who is truly content with their lives… someone who allows nothing to steal that peace from them… how do you feel? Do you long to experience the peace they have found?
This truth is that we all crave peace. I think we long for contentment in our lives even more than we long for happiness. Because in the end, when we are content, we are happy. So when we walk in the power of God’s peace each and every day of our lives (and I mean truly walk in it), the world around us will understand just what it means to be a citizen of the Kingdom.
We can’t preach peace to the world and live in a place of unrest. If we’re going to be peacemakers, we have to learn to abide in God’s peace. Only then can we share His peace with the world.
A peacemaker lives a radical life full of God’s peace… which is far beyond the world’s understanding. And in this way, their peace becomes contagious to everyone around them.
So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. – Romans 14:19
I challenge you with this… Go. Walk in the peace of God no matter what life throws your way. Be someone who makes peace everywhere you go. God has healed you, restored you, and made you whole through the power of the Holy Spirit. He has given you access to His peace beyond the world’s understanding.
So as Jesus said… now go in peace.
*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.