Peacemakers

“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭

I’m sure you’ve had the chance to observe human nature, whether from afar or a-close.

Ahem.

Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

Anyway, I’m sure you’ve noticed something about peace.

Like, that it’s rather unnatural.

Think about it.

I wonder how many years in the millennia of human history have been peaceable? It seems that every culture, every continent, has been embroiled in some sort of ‘I want what you have and I have more weapons than you’ scenario.

And just because we settle our differences in courts and lawsuits and corporate takeovers rather than hand to hand combat in the western world nowadays doesn’t mean we are actually coexisting peaceably.

Since time began in the garden of Eden, conflict has made itself known. The first kids born had such troubles that one killed the other.

You can’t make this stuff up.

We just aren’t naturally unselfish, or forgiving, or mature, or thoughtful, or kind.

No.

Character traits like those take work. Effort. Proactive planning. Cultivation.

Hence these words on peace from Matthew’s account of the teachings of Jesus.

See, we actually need to be instructed to work for peace. It isn’t our default setting. We are short-sighted and selfish enough to be so wrapped up in our own little world that we either don’t notice or don’t care what is happening to someone else.

But when we work for peace, we are like God.

You heard me.

God has been working for peace since the beginning. Remember the oopsie about that forbidden fruit? Even after the people He created deliberately broke the only rule He laid down, God set a plan in motion to ensure that peace could be possible.

The relationship was broken.

But God went to great lengths to bandage it up again.

First, He chose one man, Abraham, to make a covenant relationship with. Then He gave Abraham’s descendants a set of guidelines (the Ten Commandments) that would help people understand His character and boundaries and how to approach Him properly.

Then, He sent His own Son to be the perfect Law Keeper that none of us could be.

So – when we in our own small corner of the world work toward peace, we are being true children of God.

What a wonderful calling.

What a high purpose.

Just think. Stepping in on someone’s behalf, using calm and gentle words to ease tension, offering forgiveness and mercy rather than harsh judgment, modelling to your littles appropriate conflict resolution as you talk through your decision-making process – all of these are the actions of a true child of God.

Work towards peace with me?

Father, peace is not our default setting – being right, and getting the last word, and saving face are. Help us as we move closer to acts, words, and attitudes of peace. Change us. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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