Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Written by: Danielle Morgan
If you are a follower of Jesus, you are called to a standard of peace not just in the way you live your life but the way you interact with those around you.
What comes to mind when you think of peace? Is it lying on a beach somewhere with waves crashing? Maybe it’s curled up with a good book by the fireplace and a nice cup of coffee or tea? Or perhaps you’re a busy parent, and peace is just a few moments of silence where you aren’t attending to the needs of others.
Peace is such an interesting concept and something that we all strive for on some level. It may look different for each of us, but the overall concept is the same—being able to experience a level of freedom in our own hearts and minds while living in harmony with others.
The beautiful thing about following Jesus is that in our receiving of Him, we also receive His peace—His perfect and miraculous peace. Philippians 4:7 says that this peace—true peace–-“transcends all understanding.” Isn’t it wonderful to know that, with our relationship with God, we get to partake in His peace? A peace that, no matter how hard we try, we cannot humanly manufacture on our own?
And that’s the point—we can’t achieve the kind of peace we need on our own —the kind that Jesus modeled for us. We need Him to work it out in and through us.
I love how Jesus talks about Peace in the Sermon on the Mount, and how we are to take it a step further. In Matthew 5:9 Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
So followers of Jesus are now given an assignment. Not only do we receive God’s peace when we receive Him, but we are called to be peacemakers and offer peace to others. We not only accept the beautiful gift He gives and allow it to change our lives from the inside out, but we are called to give it away—to pay it forward.
Regardless of your difference of opinions, beliefs, and even actions you have with others, peace should be extended through your words and actions. We are called to be peacemakers.
Thought of the day: Think of your different routines and the individuals you interact with week-to-week. What are some ways you can be a peacemaker to situations and people you surround yourself with?
Prayer: Lord, thank You for the gift of Jesus and the peace that comes with Him. Help me to embrace Your peace and to experience the freedom and joy that comes from having a relationship with You. Help me to be a peacemaker in all of my relationships and in how I respond to the situations I’m in. Help others to see Jesus’ peace inside of me.