Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be
called sons of God. (Matthew 5:8 NASB)
What is a peacemaker?... According to Nelson’s Topical Bible
Index .. it is those who work for peace. Ok, this sounds like a good
and worthy thing to become. So how do I become a peacemaker? Sounds
like such a big task!... Do I support world peace?... Do I join the
peace corps?... Or maybe I will work on a plan to get everyone to
compromise and just get along!!! First rule is “NO OFFENDING
ANYONE”. Well that must be a good place to begin....,Yeah
I’ll start small and look for ways to make peace with everyone I
know, compromising and being selfless to ensure everyone is happy with
me... and the way they want to be, is up to them ,...and I’ll
support it. ....Maybe this will catch on... and
before you know it, the whole world will little by little learn to
compromise and tolerate one another for the greater good. Then I will
be blessed according to God’s promise. Right? Well,
I’m gonna get started... Wanna help?
This example is exaggerated for emphasis, but haven’t we
ourselves been duped by this popular world philosophy? A peacemaker in
God’s perspective is much different. Let’s see how God
wants us to be peacemakers by looking at what His word says. Here are
three principles to go by.
First - God is the great peacemaker
and our example. He requires us to have peace with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:18-21 And
all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus
Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 To wit,
that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the
word of reconciliation. 20 Now
then we are ambassadors for Christ, as
though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead,
reconciled to God. 21 For he
hath made him to be sin for us, who knew
no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
(Comment)- We must recognize that God’s primary focus is for us
to have peace with Him. Dilemma!
God is all loving and wishes for no one to go to hell. But God is just,
and because He is just, He will punish sin wherever it is found. What
does God do? Compromise? No, according to the bible, God is not
like man that he should change. So because he loves us He sends His
innocent Son to suffer the punishment that is meant for us because of
our sins. Thus, Christ satisfies the wrath due for our sins and sets us
free from their penalty. It’s been said “we broke the law,
but Jesus paid our fine.” This satisfaction of God’s
justice in turn restores peace between man and God. All God requires of
us now is to confess our sins (the breaking of His law), turn from them
and put our faith in Jesus for our forgiveness. Scripture makes this
clear. Then we have peace with God. He made it possible for us to have
peace with Him.
Second - We as Christians become
peacemakers. Our job is to help others make peace with God.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the
peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
(Comment)- After we first have peace with God, then our primary peace
efforts should have their focus on reconciling other men and women to
God. We must not get overly weighed down with peace negotiations
between man and man. This becomes tiresome and wasteful, for without
reconciling with God the primary peace is lost. Plainly, in the end,
what matters is that we are right before God, not right before man. We
will be called the children of God when we are like Jesus, preaching
the good news that men and women can be reconciled to God. This in turn
brings peace between man and man, because they are coming in alignment
Third - Rules regarding peacemaking.
Good guidelines to bear witness that you have peace with God.
1 Peter 3:8-13 Finally, be
ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren,
be pitiful, be courteous: 9
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise
blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit
a blessing. 10 For he that
will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from
evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him
seek peace, and ensue it. 12
For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open
unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do
evil. 13 And who is he that
will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
(Comment)- [Paraphrased] When Jesus was asked "What is the
greatest commandment?" He said “Love the Lord your God with all
your heart and with all your soul and all your mind and all your
strength. This is the first commandment. The second is like it, love
your neighbor as yourself”. Please take note that these are not
suggestions but commands. So, in summary, if you want to please God,
then you must first love Him with all you have and seek to have peace
with Him. And if you do, then you will find yourself naturally making
peace with your fellow man hoping for them to reconcile with God.
In light of the scriptures it makes it clear that God’s
definition of peace is much different than the popular worldview.
His first desire is for us to have peace with Him. Then He wants us to
be His ambassadors of peace showing others how to be reconciled to Him.
This is what being an
effective peacemaker is: to help others make peace with God.
All other peace efforts are small in comparison and sometimes futile.
These are only a few scriptures and comments about peacemakers. More
information can be found in the Holy Bible.
Some information taken from Nelson’s Topical Bible Index.
All Bible quotes taken from King James Version.