Blessed are the peacemakers.
Matthew 5:9a (NIV)
Being a peacemaker is not an easy assignment. It’s a complete absence of pride. It means we have to apologize, smooth things over, and make amends — even if the other person or people involved in a conflict are unapologetic.
Jesus was the perfect example of a peacemaker. He calmed Martha when she was angry at her sister Mary. He defused a volatile scene when a woman accused of adultery was going to be stoned. Countless times Jesus acted as peacemaker when he or his apostles angered the Sadducees and Pharisees.
Being a peacemaker isn’t always about being the first to apologize when we’re part of a conflict. Sometimes a peacemaker isn’t part of a conflict at all; they’re just able to speak peace into a complicated situation.
Like all characteristics of a life lived for Christ, peace comes as a result of Christ’s birth and existence. Experiencing the gift of peace, and sharing that gift with others by being a peacemaker, is a direct reflection of the salvation Jesus came to bring.
For Today: Is there someone you should make peace with? If so, think of ways you can do that and commit to being a peacemaker.