Do you have any idea how many peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis our generation has witnessed? I already forgot how many presidents tried to come up with a solution for that part of the world.
But it seems to me that peace is something that is out of reach for some people and some countries. I believe that the reason is that that peace talks are based on just human peace.
This is my idea of human peace, and this work with countries, families and people.
The Human Peace
- Separate the enemies – The first thing that we do is to separate them, so they can stop hitting each other. This is what we do when we see a fight – separate the fighters.
- Immobilize the enemies – The second thing is to immobilize the enemies. Just separating them does not guarantee that they will not go back at each other again. You have to hold them and contain them until you find out what is going on.
- Threaten the enemies – Finally, when you are able to talk with them, you use some threat, to make them stop. If you keep fighting, this is what is going to happen to you.
Isn’t this what we do with our kids, friends, and other people?
The problem with this approach is that we do not solve the problem, we just stop the fighting for a little while, but we know that sooner or later we will be back to the same spot. Human Peace is more a truce than a peace.
To have a real peace, we need more than that. We need a spiritual element that nobody is willing to accept.
The Beatitude that we will look at is this one:
Matt. 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
But before we take a look and move forward and analyze the Beatitude, we need to understand the words.
The definition of the word peace in the OT: Safety, prosperity, well-being; intactness, wholeness; peace can have a focus of security, safety which can bring feelings of satisfaction, well-being, and contentment
The definition of the word peace in the NT: Harmony, tranquility; safety, welfare, health; often with an emphasis on lack of strife or reconciliation in a relation, as when one has “peace with God.”
The real peace will involve the righteousness from God, without that there will be no real peace. It is God, who ultimately will say who is right and who is wrong.
The definition of the word peacemaker: Peacemaker, one who produces and restores peace and reconciliation between persons and even nations.
My friend, we as Christians, were not called just to stop the fight, and produce a truce, even though, sometimes this is very good. We are called to produce peace, the peace that comes from God. And when we do that, we will be blessed.
Have a blessed week,