One after the other the beatitudes tell us that the blessings of eternity will be given only to those who have become new creatures. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. If we don’t obtain mercy, we receive judgment. If we don’t see God, we are not in heaven. If we aren’t called the sons of God, we are outside the family. In other words these are all descriptions of final salvation. And it is promised only to the merciful, the pure in heart, and the peacemakers.
QUESTION FOR ALL:
What is the different between a Peacekeeper and Peacemaker?
HOW TO BECOME SONS OF GOD
When Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God,” He does not tell us how to become a son of God. He simply says that sons of God are in fact peacemakers. People who are peacemakers will be recognized as the sons of God at the judgment and they will be called what they are and welcomed into the Father’s house.
To see how to become sons of God we can look, for example, at John 1:12 and Galatians 3:26. John 1:12 says, “To all who received him (Jesus), who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.” And Galatians 3:26 says, “For in Christ we are all sons of God through faith.” In other words, we become sons of God by trusting in Christ for our forgiveness and hope.
What Jesus is saying in Matthew 5:9 is that people who have become sons of God have the character of their heavenly Father. And we know from Scripture that their heavenly Father is a “God of peace” (Romans 16:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20). We know that heaven is a world of peace (Luke 19:38). And most important of all, we know that God is a peacemaker! “God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them” (2 Corinthians 5:19). He made peace by the blood of the cross (Colossians 1:20). In other words, even though by nature we are rebels against God and have committed high treason and are worthy to be eternally court-marshalled and hanged by the neck until dead, nevertheless God has sacrificed his own Son and now declares amnesty free and clear to any who will lay down their arms of independence and come home to faith.
Jesus laid down His life to make peace between God and sinners, and when we can carry that message of peace to others, we are peacemakers. God delights in those who reconcile others to Himself—those who bring the gospel are “beautiful” (Isaiah 52:7). God “reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). Those who bring reconciliation to broken relationships are carrying on the work of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Those who give of themselves as Jesus did in order that others may know God are called “blessed.” There is no real peace apart from a relationship with God (Romans 5:1). What may masquerade as worldly peace is merely a temporary lull in chaos (John 14:27). True peace is found only in a restored relationship with God. “‘There is no peace,’ says the LORD, ‘for the wicked’” (Isaiah 48:22).
10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BEING A PEACEMAKER
- A peacemaker has God’s peace.
Take time to grow in your relationship with God and ask Him to remove your fear and fill you with His peace. Romans 15:13
- A peacemaker has genuine love for others.
Make love your goal. Encourage and build each other up that way when conflict and confrontation become necessary your relationship is built on a strong and healthy foundation. 1 Peter 1:22
- A peacemaker prays.
Ask God to help you to know if confrontation is needed. Pray for His wisdom, direction, and peace. Ask Him to help you listen with compassion. And to give you words that will help not hurt. Psalm 25:4–5,9
- A peacemaker builds trust in every relationship.
Be truthful and trustworthy. Live with integrity. Reconciliation and peace are more likely when there is trust and honesty in the relationship. If you believe a person cares about you and wants what is best for you, you are more likely to work together toward peace. Philippians 4:8–9
- A peacemaker identifies and addresses conflict.
Know when it’s important to confront and when it’s better to keep silent. That’s not easy. Here are three questions to ask yourself:
- Does this behavior or situation dishonor God? 1 Corinthians 6:19–20
- Does it hurt the individual? Proverbs 14:27
- Does it hurt our relationship? Ephesians 4:3
- A peacemaker wants to understand.
Listen! Approach every conversation with a desire to understand not to respond and stay compassionate. This isn’t about being right or winning; it’s about loving and helping. Proverbs 18:15
- A peacemaker controls his/her anger.
Watch your tone and body language as well as your words. This is hard, isn’t it? When emotions are high it’s hard to stay calm. You can do it! Practice and pray! Ephesians 4:31–32
- A peacemaker speaks the truth with love.
Choose your words carefully. Make every effort to communicate how much you value the person and the relationship as you talk about the problem. Ephesians 4:29
- A peacemaker works toward resolution.
Do what you can. Do your best. Then trust God with the outcome. Continue to pray. And keep an open heart and mind. Ephesians 4:16
- A peacemaker is not overcome by fear.
You will have conversations that make your stomach do flip-flops. I know I do. But start at the top of the list and begin again. Don’t give in to fear. 2 Timothy 1:7
CONCLUSION: Peace-making is hard work!!
It’s not easy. Sometimes it feels easier to be a peacekeeper. But you and I are not called to peacekeeping, we’re called to peacemaking. I believe by God’s grace and with His help, it’s possible or He would not have told us about the blessing of peacemaking. Those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness. James 3:18