The Work of Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9 ESV)

Peacemakers are the voices of reasonableness in the age of instant anger and hostility. With skill and patience, they find ways to employ the principles of equity, righteousness, and justice to settle grievances and disputes.

When we understand the nature of God and his intentions (read Psalm 103), we can be confident that he will supply all our needs. That isn’t always easy because we often experience delays. Our hunger for efficiency and instant gratification makes us impatient with God and each other, thereby creating conflict.

In my experience, my frustrations have never accomplished anything except for making me more egocentric. Sure, I can complain and be angry, but my behavior usually makes things worse than better. I am certain that most people don’t wake up thinking about how miserable they can make me. They have their share of troubles and are trying to manage them the best way they know how. So why would I ever expect things to always go my way when someone else’s agenda might clash with mine? This is where my selfishness can be knocked down a level or two along with my temper. I admit that my heart can be also infused with a bit more empathy.

Peacemakers have the gift of empathy and are very skillful in its application. They have the ability to understand the context of other people’s feelings and communicate in a non-threatening, supportive manner. In essence, they are willing to walk the extra mile in someone else’s shoes to gain a new perspective, and they are open to new ideas and constructive feedback. To wrestle with opposing views of a certain matter and weigh out the pros and cons is the art of diplomacy, a skill that very few people develop.

It’s not easy to be a peacemaker, especially when you have been wronged. And it’s even more difficult when you have been severely victimized by someone else’s malicious actions. That is when God carries that burden for you by placing godly people in your life and healing you with his Spirit. He instructs church members to care for each other, and his Holy Spirit teaches them how.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

Peacemakers are stable and rooted in faith. They have grown to be unflappable because God has schooled them with experience and wisdom. And by faith, they choose to address areas of conflict and invite people back into a state of cooperativeness. They know how to gain trust because they have shown what God’s love looks like in the most difficult circumstances. It would not surprise me that all of their work would be dedicated to Jesus and his cause. To be called sons of God is their greatest honor.

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