Blessed are The Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)
Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” This compound word is used nowhere else in the Bible. Peace is a passive word defined more by what it’s not: aggression, conflict or fighting. Combined with “maker” it becomes active and describes one who works to reduce or eliminate conflict; someone who actively promotes peace.
Promoting peace is impossible when there is inner conflict, when the heart is full of anxiety, discouraged or angry, so the peacemaker must first seek the peace of mind that only God can provide (Philippians 4:6-7): “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Hand personal burdens over to God, ask Him for wisdom through prayer, seek answers through His word and find the inner peace of God, incomprehensible in its ability to prevail and guard the heart and mind through any physical pain, suffering or injustice.
James describes the Godly wisdom found in those who promote peace (James 3:17-18): “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” The peacemaker yields to God’s truth over selfish personal agendas. The peacemaker is merciful and impartial in understanding the viewpoints of others. The peacemaker strives to find common ground as a basis to grow together in love and knowledge of God’s truth. (1 Timothy 2:2-4) “… that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.”
The seventh key to happiness: Find and experience the incomprehensible peace of God, leading a tranquil and quiet life no matter what conflict is happening in the world around and make a difference by simply being a peacemaker.