Lent - Day 7 A Study of Matthew 5
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
“Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18
Peacemakers are not easily found among men because our natural human tendency is to demand our own way, to fight and quarrel even over the most insignificant trivial things. I recently saw two babies in an Internet video quarreling over a pacifier. One takes it out of the others mouth only to have it retaken by the other again and again with tears each time from the one losing it. Cute? Right? In babies, yes, but in adults, and particularly those who are in the body of Christ, not so much... In fact, it is sorely dishonoring to God.
Peacemakers, deal with offences differently than others. They don’t let it get to them. They are more ready to forgive than to win the argument or get back at the offender. Peacemakers employ every option at their disposal to end the argument and find a place of peace for where the aggression will end. At least to the extent that it is up to them to decide if the matter continues to boil and fester or simply go away.
And this is a commandment from God.
“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord…” Hebrews 12:14
“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children…” Ephesians 4:29-5:1
Now this is in no way a license to sit idly by and do nothing to defend the weak or to fight for the cause of the oppressed. The evil that men perpetrate on the innocent must be met with a strong and decisive opposing force to oppose them and remove them and their deeds from further harm and danger to others. Sometimes peace can only come when evil is completely removed from its place of death and destruction, even by force of arms.
But, where I have the choice to either demand my own way or to give way to the one who opposes me in order to have peace, then I am compelled by the Spirit of God to choose peace.
“If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18
Carrying grudges or unforgiveness only feeds strife and division among the body of believers. The way to end all strife, the motivation to “let it go,” is to remember one vitally important thing as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ who depend on Him alone for their salvation. God loves you!
Think about how much you are loved and accepted in the family of Heaven, into God’s own intimate relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, how valuable and highly placed you are in the order of all creation and what a precious price was paid to put your there. Then ask yourself, how important is this offense in light of all that Jesus has done to forgive me and make me His treasure? I am loved. Therefore, I can extend that same measure of love to everyone, including those who offend me. When I was such a vile offense to God Jesus loved me and laid down His life for me. He made peace with God on my behalf. Now I am peacemaker because His life is in me prompting that same expression of love through me to others.
The peacemakers are blessed because they know how much they are loved as sons of God.