Our world today is full of violence and in desperate need of peacemakers. Being a peacemaker does not mean that there is no conflict or that we avoid conflict. It doesn’t mean that we appease or accommodate. We don’t look the other way, pretending everything is ok when it isn’t. When Jesus said blessed are the peacemakers, He was identifying those who diligently work to bring people to God and to each other.
The Hebrew word for peace is shalom and often used as a greeting or departing word that expresses their desire for the person to experience the full presence, peace, prosperity and blessings of God. Throughout the Bible peace is based on justice and righteousness because wherever these two rule, peace will have full reign. Without them there can never be continual peace. Therefore, to be a peacemaker, one must find a way to bring those at odds to the negotiating table, put aside their differences and find a solution to the problem. Peace doesn’t just happen because we wish it were so…peace has to be made and peacemakers take the initiative.
It is impossible to go through life with out conflict – either in our own lives or those around us. When it does, Jesus is saying to you, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Be the person that works to restore peace not one that stirs up tensions and rife.
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