Peacemakers

We have already seen that as Jesus went forth proclaiming the Kingdom, that healing, and restoration of wholeness went in His wake, for the restoration of wholeness, including the restoration of relationships torn by the hostility of this world is something within the very character of God. A peacemaker is someone who places a high priority on restoring relationships, even with those considered to be enemies; this is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

On the other hand, many, maybe even most people of this world are not peacemakers. Look around you, this world is not a peaceful place, for people vie with each other for riches, for position and advantage. Such people are not making peace and restoring relationships, except for personal gain; this is not the behavior of a disciple, and thus the blessing of a restored relationship with God is not present in the here and now, and it is not likely to be found in the hereafter.

For the disciple, blessing in great supply is to be found in restoring wholeness and relationships; it is its own reward, and as a disciple the eternal future is both assured and very bright, for there will be blessing beyond imagination in store.

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8 thoughts on “Peacemakers”

  1. When we use the word peacemaker, we usually speak of peacemaking between nations. I like your focus better. The so-called peacemakers who operate on the world stage are too often showboats who bully our allies to make peace or naive, silly people who expect enemies to become friends just because we force our allies to be nice to their enemies.

    Your definition makes peacemaking a personal activity, one where the cost is borne personally. It is not about posturing. It is about humility and personal courage. It is about loving our neighbor enough to forgive or confess a wrong.

  2. I will be preaching on Peace this Sunday. The very nature of God’s promised eschatological peace in the Prophets changed etymology of the Greek word for peace when the translators finished the LXX. So often, now, I wonder if Christians forget the call to being peacemakers because we do not get steeped in the prophets of old.

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