Peacemakers • Devotion #1: Peace is Personal

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” 

Matthew 5:9

Being a peacemaker is very difficult for individuals who are competitive. If we are going to throw a specific person under the bus, “I will volunteer as tribute!” If you have seen the movie or read the books from the quote I just casually tossed out (The Hunger Games), then you also know that the concept of peace really does not apply to any of them either. That is except for the main character, but I digress. 

It says in the Scripture above that peacemakers shall be called “sons of God.” That is a pretty significant statement in my opinion. Basically, if you showcase the trait of a peacemaker, when people see you in action they will be able to tell that you are a “son of God.” I mean nobody actually thinks of that phrase, but they would most likely say, “Hmm, what is different about them.” They may ask themselves, “Didn’t they say they go to church?” It is true when you think about it. I mean anytime I see my wife (who is the peacemaker in our home) acting as a peacemaker, I sarcastically think, “Man, she is getting into Heaven before me.”  

When you think of Jesus and you read the stories about what He was like here on Earth, all I think about is how peaceful He was. This was evident even when the Pharisees or other groups of people questioned Him or attempted to trap Him. I know if I was in Jesus’ place at that time, there would be some type of crazy altercation (in my head I am envisioning explosions and something similar to an action movie trailer). Jesus was always very chill and wanted nothing more than peace. Even when He flipped the tables in the temple, He was in full control of His emotions as He told them to remove the birds. 

If in our lives we want what the Bible states, to live like Christ and strive to be like Him, then a peacemaking life is something we should attempt to do. I say “we” should attempt to do it because at the end of the day peace is personal. 

Romans 12:18 adds, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Here Paul is writing to the Christians in Rome and he just started an excerpt on how followers of Christ should behave. I love how he opens up this verse, “If possible.” I just envision Paul saying good luck and laughing but he probably did not do that. He goes on to say, “So far as it depends on you.” This key phrase in that verse is where I want to end. Peace is personal and it will always depend on us. At the end of the day, we have the ability to determine how we are going to act in a specific situation. We have the ability to determine how we are going to live our lives. We can all be peacemakers or hellraisers if you want a strong contrast. Now you choose, what do you want to be known for, and what will honor Christ the most?

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