Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Those Blessed Peacemakers

 “And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” James 3:18

The companion verse to this is, of course, Matthew 5:9. “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”  Blessed, indeed! Actually, when you compare the two verses, the word “blessed” could be pronounced either blessed or bless-ed. Both are true. They are bless-ed to those who are fortunate enough to be recipients of their peacemaking skills; and by sowing peace, they “make peace” and as a result, are blessed by seeing the fruit of righteousness. No wonder others feel justified in calling them “the children of God.”

The opposite of someone like this would be called a “discord-sower,” wouldn’t you say? Solomon says of such in Proverbs 6:16-19, they’re one of seven things God hates. Today, however, it is considered courageous to speak your mind and let the chips fall where they may, or on whom they may. But when words drive wedges instead of build bridges, no one is edified or strengthened…or blessed.
Aren’t you glad Jesus was (and is) a Peacemaker? Colossians one says He made peace with God for us, through His blood; and Hebrews 7:25 assures us that He “ever liveth to make intercession for us.” If that’s the case, we are never more Christ-like than when we are able to broker honest, honorable peace between two individuals at enmity.
I have always seen this as a formidable but worthwhile goal to set for myself. I’d like to live my life so that it could be truthfully written on my tombstone: “She was a peacemaker.”  

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