Dear woman of God,
Do you consider yourself a peacemaker?
Have you found yourself in a situation whereby you had to help others make peace when caught up in a fight or between yourself and another?
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
In this chapter, Jesus describes and identifies characteristics of a Christian or the expectations of a believer within the Kingdom of God. This verse is one of the beatitudes and blessings that Jesus stated in His sermon on the mount. Each of the beatitudes begins with the word ‘Blessed’, taken from the Hebrew word shalom, which means total or complete well-being—both personally and communally. As Christians, we are called to live at peace with one another and with those outside the faith.
It is our great responsibility to pursue peace wherever we go and with whomever we encounter. Whether it is with a family member, a friend, a colleague, a neighbor. We have seen people fight each other verbally and physically, or they quit talking and showing love to each other because there is hatred in their hearts. We see countries at war with each other when there is conflict and sign peace treaties on paper as a way of solving the problem. But usually, it is only for power and not for godly peace.
Let us pray and ask God to instill in our hearts His Godly peace, love, patience, humility, courage, and confidence to pursue peace with one another.
We are anointed by Christ to be peacemakers and we must live and portray our lives accordingly.
How can we do this?
We should put our own selfish desires aside and seek the well-being of others.
Later in the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls His disciples to serve the needy and love their enemies. A peacemaker creates an environment of peace in the community even when it provides no gain to you.
As Christians, we’re called to care for the spiritual needs of people as well as the physical. Seeking to create peace for each person we encounter. We are responsible for bringing those outside the faith closer to God and when we see unbelievers full of troubles, we should share to them the peace that is in God so they too may experience it and be saved by Him.
Whatever the need is in your community we are to emulate the peace of God by pursuing His peace on behalf of the people around us.
Let us pray and ask the Lord for boldness and strength to pursue peace in our homes, in our community and in our country by using us as a vessel for peacemaking.
Let us pray for world peace or peace within our country. We must always remember to pray for our leaders because our leaders can influence us. Not only in the things we are involved in every day, but they also influence how we praise and worship the Lord.
If a country’s leader is an unbeliever, Satan can use this person to hinder and prevent or even destroy us Christians because he does not like it when he sees us living peacefully in the Lord or following His word. We are seeing it so much now with people idolizing leaders and being influenced or manipulated by them to do things that are not pleasing to the Lord.
As we seek to be obedient to Matthew 5:9 amid our relationships, let us be quick to confess and repent of our own sins and struggles. We should also be quick to forgive as Christ has first forgiven us for all our wrongdoings—past, present, and future – through His life, death, and resurrection. Whoever hurt you, did something or said something that hurt you, or made you angry, we must be quick to forgive, and we must not let anger or hate fill our hearts and our minds.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7:
“Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.” 2 Corinthians 13:11
Amid conflict in our world today, we should remain calm and positive with peace in our hearts knowing that God will come for us.
As peacemakers we will be blessed by God, and the greatest blessing of all is when we enter the gates of heaven. However, we should always remember that we do not remain idol. We should be working day and night to pursue peace. As Christians we are authorized by God as peacemakers. It is our responsibility, so when we see conflicts or trouble being stirred up we must be bold to stand up and try to prevent it from happening. We must rebuke in the name of Jesus, we must teach, and we must pray.
May God bless you all and may the Lord’s peace and boldness be upon you.