“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
As I write this devotion in December 2020, we have just had a very contentious presidential election. We are still smack dab in the middle of Covid. There are protests and riots every day for one reason or another. In the midst of all this, social media use is skyrocketing. Anyone can post anything about any subject and start a barrage of differing opinions in the comments. You can argue with people you do not know and will never see, and say anything you want without retribution. This stirs up conflict and is the opposite of peace!
I would say I am a peacemaker. I do not like to cause conflict or get into the middle of strife. I try to be even-keeled and keep everyone happy. My daughter says I do this to a fault (I make everyone else happy even if it makes me unhappy). Yet, I do not ignore conflict. I usually go to the other person and talk to them about what is bothering me, or what I see they are doing to another to cause conflict and disrupt peace.
One definition of a peacemaker might be to “create peace.” A peacemaker steps into the conflict and brings calm and reason to hopefully result in peace. Romans 12:18 says, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 14:19 adds, “So let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding.”
There are many examples of peacemakers in the Bible, of course, most notably Jesus. Jesus paid the ultimate price to restore peace between God and man.
However, many others come to mind as well. One I thought of was Abigail. She stopped David from heading into a fight with her husband Nabal. She stepped into the middle of the conflict and helped bring the situation to a peaceful resolution (1 Samuel 25). Another example is Joseph. His brothers were angry with him and jealous, yet he sought peace with them (Genesis 37-47).
If you do not consider yourself a peaceful person, you can be, with God’s help. Pray and ask God to soften your heart to be more peaceful. Look at Paul. He was converted and changed into a peacemaker. Follow his example and turn your life around!
Set an example for others. As I am a peacemaker, my children and grandchildren will learn the behavior from me.
We read in 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.” Those who strive to promote peace are like Him and are worthy to be called his children. Luke 6:35 adds, “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.”
Mahatma Gandhi said, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” Christ was the ultimate peacemaker. We are to be Christ-like. Therefore, we are called to be peacemakers.