Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9:6, and so every peacemaker joins with Him in making peace where trouble rises. He has become our peace, so that in Him, we can be peacemakers. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father. [Ephesians 2:14-18]
Since we have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ, who has broken down the wall that separated us, we should most gladly pursue peace with all. So that we can have an abundance of peace according to the promises of God. We are uniquely equipped to be peacemakers, because we have received peace that cannot be taken away from us by the world. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. [John 14:27]
The reason peacemakers are blessed is because they are joined to the Prince of Peace. Because of the inheritance of peace that was promised to believers by the Lord Himself. We have peace to impart from the peace we have received. The challenge is to be a peacemaker, and not just bask in the peace that we have received. What does a peacemaker look like? Have you ever known a person or persons who always seem to be surrounded by chaos and confusion?
God is not the author of confusion and He blesses peacemakers who by their presence and decree, can bring peace in the midst of chaos. It is like Jesus saying “peace be still” in the midst of a great storm. Peacemakers cause peace to be still in the storms of life through consistent behavior and trusted relationships. People watch those who have the testimony of Jesus to see if our faith is authentic, or if our lives are a contradiction of what we preach. The blessing that is upon the peacemakers, is that they walk in a manner that is consistently authentic. Peacemakers walk in Hebrews 12:14 — Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: it is the pursuit of peace that brings about consistency.
May you be called blessed today, because you are a peacemaker. My prayer for you today is that you will be undefiled, so that you can see the Prince of Peace clearly. You are a child of God, so let the peace of God be your portion and your lot today and everyday!
For He who would love life
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips from speaking deceit.
Let him turn away from evil and do good;
Let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11