Someone said, "my therapist told me the way to achieve inner peace was finish what I started. Today I finished a bag of chips and a chocolate cake. I feel better already."
Jesus said, "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9). The coming of the Son of God brought forth a song sung by angels - "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased" (Luke 2:13-14). Seven hundred years before His coming He was called the "Prince of peace" (Isaiah 9:6) and it is because of His coming and sacrifice on the cross that we can now have peace with God (Col. 1:20). Certainly those who follow the Lord should be "peacemakers".
Like the other traits mentioned in the beatitudes we should pray that we grow in this ability of peacemaking. When we let unkind words and selfish deeds fill our hearts and lives we cause strife. Paul the apostle said, "put on the new self" which includes such things as "compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other..."(Colossians. 3:8-13).
In the Old Testament Abram was involved in this work of peacemaking when he said to Lot, "Please let there be no strife between you and me, nor between my herdsmen and your herdsmen, for we are brothers" (Genesis 13:8). Since the land could not support both his animals and Lot's animals, Abram gave Lot first choice. The unselfish attitude of Abram solved what could have developed into a very serious problem.
The term "peacemaker" is not a passive term but denotes action. Paul says, "if possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men" (Romans 12:18). Certainly peace is not always possible, but the call, is for us to do what we can toward that end.
Paul offers up this beautiful benediction on behalf the Thessalonians - "Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all (II Thessalonians 3:16)!
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