Have you ever felt the sudden shock of betrayal and wondered why or how they could have done that? Did you eventually end up thinking, “I can forgive, but I know not to trust them again.”? What have you done with those who seem to have rejected you and have followed after worldly appetites once more? Did you let them go? Can you think of one you once loved whom you have walked away from and “shaken the dust off your feet”, so to speak?
Guilty! Until recently, I’ve been guilty of all the above. That was until the words of Matthew 5:9 began repeating in my head. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons/daughters of God.”
I went back to have another look at what is referred to as the “Beatitudes”. They’re found at the very beginning of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. He opened up with these, not only to gain His listeners attention, I believe, but also because they were so important, for they are at the very heart of God!
The Amplified Bible defines the word, “blessed” as enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions. Just imagine enviable joy and happiness no matter what the circumstances you find yourself in.
A “peacemaker” is both a maker and maintainer of peace which means to be a peacemaker takes work! It’s an active role more than a passive one, but what really jumped out at me when I went back to the Beatitudes were the words that came before “blessed are the peacemakers”. It was one of those “A-ha moments”!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!” (Matthew 5:8)
Suddenly, James 3:17 came to mind. “But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.” I believe Matthew Henry summed it up best in a portion of his commentary on Matthew 5:8. “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, and then peaceable; the blessed ones are pure toward God, and peaceable toward men; for with reference to both, conscience must be kept void of offence.” It begins with a right relationship with God!
I’m sure most Christians can quote John 3:16.“For God so loved the world that He…”. But do you know what John 3:17 says? “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” If Jesus didn’t come to condemn the world, when we all know it is definitely worthy of condemnation, how can we turn away from one who has fallen in some way without attempting to repair the relationship between us and God? Being a peacemaker begins with our relationship with God not others, but what’s even better:
Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness, spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God! Matthew 5:9 (AMP)
I’ve discovered it’s definitely a win-win situation for everyone, but especially for the peacemaker!
‘Til next time,