“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” –Matthew 5:9
The Beatitudes, wherein Jesus outlined eight circumstances of blessedness for believers (Matthew 5:3-12), is our continued focus. In today’s Beatitude, peacemakers are blessed (favored by God), and they will be acknowledged as God’s sons.
Peace is desired by folks of goodwill. History is replete with efforts of reconciliation through peace talks, peace treaties, peace accords, even peacekeeping troops. Governments and industries rely on arbitrators, negotiators, mediators, adjudicators—professional peacemakers, simply stated. Yet, peace remains elusive in the broken, fallen world in which we live.
We are assailed on every side by dissentions, disagreements, and divisions. Unfortunately, we rob ourselves of peace because we are led astray by sin, rebellion, and spiritual paucity. We have hope for peace, however, when we seek God’s forgiveness, and when we trust in Jesus, the divine purveyor of peace and salvation. The Apostle Paul assures that “since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1).
Jesus was sent by God to bring peace and goodwill, as announced in Luke 2:8-14. Paul expressed to the early church that in Jesus “all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross” (Colossians 1:19-20). Paul explains in 1 Timothy 1:5, “For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all ….”
Therefore, believers possessing peace beyond “all understanding” through Christ’s mercy, are called to exemplify this life-joy. We cannot sit on the sidelines of life merely wishing, dreaming, or desiring salvation’s peace for family, friends, and neighbors. Our lives must demonstrate active love in stepping up and reaching out to meet needs.
Scripture tells us to “encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you” (2 Corinthians 13:11, NIV). Furthermore, Romans 12:17-18 instructs: “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.”
As peacemakers, we can look forward to being called sons of God. With this title, we represent and reflect God. We bear his name and image. We hold a familial title of honor given as God’s gift to his children—his sons and daughters. We thank you, O Prince of Peace, for your immeasurable blessing of peace and divine lineage. Amen.
Kay Henry is a columnist for the Claremore Progress. All Bible quotations are from “The Holy Bible, English Standard Version” (ESV), unless otherwise noted.