Matt. 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
As you can see on the News, the world is desperately in need of peacemakers. We not only have wars going on around the world, but we also are experiencing disturbance in our cities and neighborhoods. The question is what are the characteristics of a real peacemaker?
1 – THE PEACEMAKERS HAVE PEACE WITH GOD
The first step in this journey of becoming a peacemaker is to have peace with God. To get there we will need to recognize that we, humans, are at war with God. That is the real war.
The Real War – It all began with the fall of our great, great, grandparents, Adam and Eve; the name for it is Sin. When they fell the humans became enemies of God, enemies of themselves, and enemies of nature. In Genesis 3: 11-19 we find this story.
In his letter to the Colossians the apostle Paul is clear in stating that we are alienated from God and we are His enemies. He also mentions that through Christ we are reconciled with God. Here is the text: “Col. 1:20-22 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation — “
In the letter to the Romans, Paul makes clear that our peace with God was possible because of what Jesus did, and our faith, and belief in what He did. “Rom. 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,”
So, to become a peacemaker we need to have peace with God, and that only happens through the works of Jesus and our faith in Him.
2 – THE PEACEMAKERS HAVE PEACE WITH OTHERS
The second step to becoming a peacemaker is to have peace with others. Our first step is to have peace with God, and be reconciled in Christ. The second one is to work our differences with people around us.
This is what Jesus expected from His disciples: “Mark 9:50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
And this is what Paul wrote in his first letter to the Thessalonians: 1Th. 5:13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.”
How will we do that?
We will do that by taking the following steps:
- Recognizing the brokenness of the relationship.
- Recognizing that God is not pleased with the situation.
- Recognizing our part in the problem.
- Apologizing and asking for forgiveness.
It is very important to notice that the Peacemaker is the one who will take the initiative, no matter if he/she is right or wrong.
This is what Paul wrote to the Romans: “Rom. 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” The emphasis is in “as far as it depends on you”.
The peacemaker will do everything that he or she can to be at peace with others.
Have a blessed week,