“Blessed are the Peacemakers for they will be called children of God. (Matthew 5:9)- such a popular phrase from a well-known part of the Bible called the Beatitudes.
But what exactly does it mean for us as Christians and followers of Christ?
If you think about it, peace is usually the opposite concept of war or turmoil. In a world full of violence and hate, especially for Christians, we desperately need those who are deemed, peacemakers.
But, what does it mean to be a peacemaker?
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What Does ‘Blessed Are the Peacemakers’ Mean?
In Matthew 5, all of the Beatitudes begin with the word ‘blessed’. Did you know that the word ‘blessed’ is derived from the Greek word ‘makarios’, meaning ‘happy’ or ‘blissful’. Jewish people believe it means to bless means to increase in joy or peacefulness.
In the word peacemaker, the word ‘make’ refers to the Greek verb that means “to do” or “to make.” It is a word bursting with action and engagement.
So, how do we gain this peacefulness if we are to be blessed according to Jesus’ seventh beatitude? Do you seek peace when you’re faced with an uncomfortable situation?
Peacemakers, in this particular passage, are those who promote God’s peace.
Jesus is saying that those who trust in Him and are promoting peacemaking, they will receive the eternal reward of being called children of God.
Do you reflect this same characteristic of peace and unity?
You’ll discover finding peace in your responses, conversations, and engagement with others will display Christ-like characteristics and powerful testimony of the love of God.
Characteristics of a Peacemaker
The Trinity reveals the characteristics of a peacemaker. God is called the God of peace in Romans 15:33.
In addition, part of the fruit of the Spirit is peace as noted in Galatians 5:22. And of course, Jesus is the Prince of Peace in Isaiah 9:6.
If you commit your work of righteousness to peace as stated in Isaiah 32:17, it will not go unnoticed by God.
Peacemakers’ Conversations are Peaceful
Do you always look for the right words when discussing touchy subjects with others in a non-offensive way? If you desire and delight in a quiet dialog with one another, your discussions will be productive and fruitful.
A peacemaker strives to keep their conversations with others peaceful and do not set out to start arguments with others.
Peacemakers are Joyful in Every Situation
If you have a peaceable disposition, you’re going to be content with your situation. This leads to happiness and joy because you treasure a Christ-like attitude towards people and circumstances.
Peacemakers strive to find joy in every situation and encourage others to do the same.
Peacemakers are the Children of God
As the verse says, you will be called Children of God.
Our God is the God of peace. And as His children, we are peacemakers too!
By keeping the peace and striving for good, wholesome conversations and productive meetings, you will be blessed to be called part of the children of God.
Peacemakers are Patient
For those who are keeping the conversation friendly and mindful, your attributes exhibit the qualities of patience. Sometimes others can offend easily with their tone of voice or choice of words.
The peacemakers, however, remember the ultimate goal is to be Christ-centered and look for ways of peaceful conversations.
Peacemakers are Loyal
If your friend is considered a peacemaker, they are a loyal companion and you’re truly blessed. Your faithful friend won’t be easily offended by your words and will stick by you when no one else will. Are you a peacemaker in all of your relationships or do you tend to start stressful situations?
When Christians are led by the Spirit of Christ and its wisdom, they will always seek peace according to the gospel. Christians will act with mercy, grace, and truthfulness.
The result of peacemaking actions will restore many and any broken relationships and be a consistent model for others looking to remove conflict.
Being blessed as a child of God is the ultimate honor. Check out our article on Beatitudes Explained for an entire summary of all 9 Beatitudes Jesus spoke about on the Sermon of the Mount. What say you – how can you be more of a peacemaker in your sticky situations?