September 7 – Blessed to Be a Peacemaker

I wonder if a cool breeze was peacefully blowing through the grass as Jesus continued to teach the gathered ones while they listened, taking it all in.  Jesus is the Prince of Peace so it only makes sense that the children of God would long to be peacemakers too, like our Brother, like our Father. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”   James, the half-brother of Jesus also understood and taught on this subject of peacemaking.  He says that peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.

Do we love to be involved in a good conflict?  Does it excite us to put another log on the flame in an argument?  If our goal is not resolution, restoration and peace then it might be best to check our motives.  Jesus says that the peacemakers will be the blessed ones.  It is not too late, or too early, to get good at being a peacemaker.  It will help if certain things like anger and contempt are thought of as working against the goal of being a peacemaker. Some of the best peacemakers have peace with God, and out of that settled assurance they can offer peace to others.

Being a peacemaker is a worthy prize to pursue.  The treasure is eternal as well as immediate.  Lord, I pray that You would make us instruments of Your peace.  May we be so thankful to You for the mercy that You have shown us that we would be quick to overlook an offense when it comes to our feelings being hurt, or our pride being bruised.  As much as it is up to us, help us to live at peace with those around us.  Amen.

Matthew 5:9 ESV