“Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Hostility, whatever the form, destroys. It tears down. Peace, on the other hand, builds. Peace is marked by life, wellness, wholeness, safety, freedom, and prosperity. Life is enhanced and expanded where there is peace.
A peacemaker is one who serves as an instrument or vehicle or catalyst for bringing about peace where there has been hostility. A peacemaker works to resolve the causes of hostility, which then results in peace, and that peace then fosters life as it takes root in the lives of people.
The peacemaking Jesus had in mind is of a spiritual sort. These peacemakers are folks who seek to bring people into peace with God, to a reconciliation with God. Jesus, the Son of God, resolved the issue with His crucifixion and resurrection, and those who build on that foundation by bearing witness to Him, by leading people to repentance, faith, redemption, reconciliation, and restoration are His peacemakers and, thus, sons of God.
Lord, Help us to be kingdom peacemakers today for Your glory and for the good of those who desperately need You and the peace You can bring. Amen.