St. Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
The seventh blessing of the Beatitudes is this one, about the peacemakers. And at this season, when God declares peace and good will towards men, it can be seen that it takes a great deal to put an end to conflict. He was giving His only begotten son for the sake of bringing that peace to the world.
And the end result that we might be His children, born of His spirit.
Not all wish to cultivate peace on the earth.
Seeds Of Peace
Peacemakers bring an end to conflict, and they must sow seeds of healing, love, and trust to do so. Conflict has created rifts, and wounded persons, in its extreme it creates the desire for bloody revenge. How to heal those wounds and right the balances of justice once again?
Sometimes balance must be made, even through the price is high and it cannot be by way of vengeance.
One who forgives, who gives a sacrifice, not who expects an exacting repayment, is required to step up and make the bridge. That is what Jesus has done, and that is what his followers must do.
Peacemakers help join the hands that had inflicted pain, and teach them to reach out to help and restore, instead.
It is a process.
I think the the Good Samaritan was a peacemaker. He offered help and healing to one who might have well been an enemy had they met on equal terms.
But the Good Samaritan looked past the labels, the race, and the alliances, and saw a fellow human in need. He made peace when it was not his debt to pay.
Open Hearts Make Peace
This message is not a political one. How often those with their own agendas take the scripture to try and bully others into taking actions and lending votes to a prescribed political side? This is not that.
An open heart for ones fellow man is both more costly and close at hand. It is not calling for government action in this case. It is instead finding where conflict and hostility has stolen, harmed and hurt another and taking of one’s own oil andÂ wine and wherewithal and pouring it into those wounds.
Today, if we see one to care for this way, let us make peace for them, let us bring them closer to the One who reaches down from Heaven.
We want to make connections. Bring peace into our homes, into our workplace, into our neighborhood, into our church, into the very atmosphere we live in.
We will be called children of God… and that brings us that much closer to the Jesus we worship at this Christmas season.
How do you see yourself becoming a peacemaker?
Let There Be Peace On Earth