“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God” (Matthew 5:9).
This “blessing” is included in Matthew’s introduction to the Sermon on the Mount. Sadly, for many people of faith it stays there on the page and never truly infiltrates the heart. Peace is often the forgotten component of the Christian faith. We have all this spiritual warfare jargon, and often this becomes actual social warfare—through judgment and pride and exclusivity.
Most of us would certainly say that “love” is one of the prominent themes of the biblical account of God, but at the very heart of that love is peace. Christ entered the world and looked at those who were different than him. He looked at sinners and drunks and adulterers. These people were enemies to the God Jesus came to earth to serve.
Yet he did not call down his angels to vanquish his foes. He did not train a militant group to take the gospel to the masses by force. He did not ridicule or name-call or isolate. No, instead he sat down and ate with such people. He laughed with them, he taught them, he washed their feet. And then he died for them.
And for us, too.
For those of the Christian faith, the call on our life is not to win the culture or the day or the argument—the call is to be a peacemaker. To lay down our opinions, our rights, our freedoms, our very lives, for those who are different than us. It is in that action that we are more like Christ on this earth than in any other.
Are you a peacemaker? Do you use your faith as a means of standing in the gap for others—even those drastically different than you?
How can you be a peacemaker today and hence be blessed to be called a son or daughter of God? Truly, what better way is there to “enhance lives every day” than that high calling?
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”