Advancing the Conversation of Jesus
We are continuing through the 8 snapshots Jesus offers concerning what a Kingdom dweller looks like. We have come to the seventh snapshot or beatitude. It is: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
To be a peacemaker is to develop peace within your sphere of influence wherever possible. It requires that you make peace where there is no peace. Search for trouble, distress, brokenness and those who are living in pieces. You don’t have to look too far. Listen to those around you. There is a great void out there—a great need to be understood. In fact, you probably won’t have to search, just listen and be aware. This is a strategic discipline that carries with it the dynamic message of the Gospel (Good News). This is Jesus—peace where there is no peace.
In order to restore peace, you must see the other person’s strengths. This proves that you are listening and truly understand. Seek answers for what’s best for this person. Do what you can do to promote peace making—love, trust, and forgiveness. The world around you is in such desperate need of experiencing inner peace. When I even casually mention forgiveness in a seminar session, I notice the light bulbs switching on throughout the audience. People are in great need for healing—for knowing inner peace.
NOTE this follows Merciful and Pure in Heart. The pre-requisite for being a peacemaker is your sense of being merciful and being a loyal friend (pure in heart). There is always within us the tendency to be a reactor to people and things rather than be proactive, which is what restoring peace requires. Either be a peacemaker and make people whole or remove yourself from this responsibility and leave the people around you in pieces. So, choose to restore peace as a proactive peacemaker.
ALSO NOTE the peacemaker will be called a son of God. This is what God does. He brings peace to the world at great cost to Himself. When you are a peacemaker, you are like your Father in heaven.
I like the simple prayer that says: “Dear Lord, as in the world I toil and through this world I flit. I pray make me a drop of oil and not a piece of grit!” “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”