God's Children Are Peacemakers

God's Children Are Peacemakers
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God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9 NLT

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus listed all the people who are blessed by God. Those who work for peace are in that elite group of highly-favored people. I prefer the older translations that call them peacemakers. It captures the sense of a process of making, as opposed to merely a state of being.

Know this: Peace is made. While peace shows up when God shows up, people still have to labor diligently to align themselves with the will of the Lord. They have to work hard to share that sense of serenity with everyone else in a situation.

Peace has to be negotiated in all human cultures. Peace talks usually entail a lot of back-and-forth communication to ensure that everyone is on the same page and of the same mind. Peacemakers are known for being fully engaged in this peace-making process and are opposed to fueling division and conflict.

A great example of a peacemaker is found in the Old Testament of the Bible [1]. The young man David, before he was crowned king, had been living near a landlord named Nabal. It was time for the shearing of sheep and David requested some food and provisions for the 600 or so men who accompanied him¹. He felt that his men had provided security to Nabal’s herdsmen and that it was not an unreasonable request. Nabal rudely rebuffed David, and David quickly mustered 400 of his men into an army to annihilate Nabal for his insulting response.

Meanwhile, Abigail, Nabal’s wife, heard about what happened and quickly gathered a peace offering of food and wine. She rushed to meet David and his men as they prepared for their assault on Nabal’s home.