Blessed are the Peacemakers
There is nothing more dangerous than for the natural man to think he can take the Beatitudes and try to put them into practice. In the end, he will distort them into something God never intended and entirely miss the point. Only a new man can live this new life. The beatitudes only become a reality as we observe God’s indwelling life and allow Him to express His life through us.
Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.”
This statement must have come as a very big surprise to the Jews. They were under the misconception the Messiah was going to be a military leader – like of King David who would conquer their enemies and restore the integrity of their nation. They were looking for a conquering king, not a peacemaker. So, they were surprised when He told them, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, then My citizens would be fighting for this sort of thing. But it is not; your whole outlook is wrong.”
Blessed are the peacemakers
Peace must have sounded good to people who knew the pain and hardship of war. What was Jesus announcing? Was it a call to action, to take up a cause? Jesus was calling men and women, not to a cause of action but to be a certain kind of people.
Sin is the core reason there is no peace. Why are there wars in the world? The only one answer is sin. The explanation of all our troubles is human lust, greed, selfishness, self-centeredness. It is the cause of all the trouble and discord between individuals, groups of people, and nations themselves.
Peacemakers require a changed heart. Last week we looked at the blessing of the pure in heart. The natural heart doesn’t seek true peace. Jesus said the unbelieving heart is filled only with evil thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, jealousy, envy, malice and more. When Jesus purifies the heart, He transforms us to live out of a new heart, people who work for eternal peace.
There will be no true peace without dealing with sin. Mankind doesn’t want to talk about sin but there will be no peace until we realize it is behind all the problems that rob us and our world. Why is there is so much trouble and difficulty in maintaining peace in the world? Why did the League of Nations fail? Why does the UN seem to be failing? What is the matter? The problem is not political, not economic, and not social – it is sin.
True peace comes when we are conquered. Now, this is completely contrary to the idea of peace in the world. The world’s view of peace is all about compromise. We don’t fight to have true peace but when we allow Jesus to conquer our hearts and rule over our lives. That requires absolute trust. There will be no peace until He conquers your heart. All you do is submit yourself to His sovereign rule. It changes all of our relationships when He is the one reigning and we are submitted to Him.
Peacemakers are at peace with God. Being at peace with God is the pre-requisite of being a peacemaker. A peacemaker has been delivered by Christ from the absolute power of sin. They are those who were once enemies of God but now the children of God. Those who have the Spirit of Christ are by nature peacemakers. Submission to Him means we don’t have to assert our opinion or pressure others to conform to our opinion. So peace with God affects all of our relationships.
Peacemakers have the peace of God. Not only does God put us at peace with Him, He gives us His peace. It is one aspect of the fruit of the spirit in the believer’s life. It is the settled calmness that we are now partakers of the divine nature and in His benevolent hands secure from all the storms and turmoil of life.
Peacemakers are not peace at any price. It does not mean the sort of man who says, “Anything to avoid trouble.” That would require the compromise of truth. Peace can never come at the expense of the truth. Peace comes only at the incredible price of the Son of God on a cruel cross. Peace can only exist in all of our relationships when we submit ourselves to Him.
Peace never comes by appeasement. Appeasement means you have to turn a blind eye to sin and God will not do it nor would He have us do it. The mere avoidance of war does not make peace; it does not solve the problem. Frank Friedman says, “I will fight for you even if I have to fight against you.”
Peacemakers have to forsake self. Before one can be a peacemaker one really must be entirely delivered from self, from self-interest, from self-concern. This is no easy task; in fact, you can’t do it but you can surrender to Christ and let Him be everything. Before you can be a peacemaker you really must be entirely forgetful of yourself because as long as you are thinking about yourself, and shielding yourself, you cannot be doing the work of bringing peace. Peace requires we lay down our ambitions and our lives for the cause!
Peacemakers seek the glory of God. The peacemaker has only one concern, and it is the glory of God amongst men. He is a man who is ready to humble himself and he is ready to do anything and everything in order that the glory of God may be promoted.
For they shall be called sons of God
It is not that they shall become the children of God. They are that already, but they shall be called the sons of God. It is not a question of their identity but of their identification.
The peacemaker’s character identifies them as God’s children. The world will see it in their characters, their faces, their words, and their deeds. The peacemaker has the mind of Christ and when falsely accused refuses to defend him or herself. This is the blessedness of the peacemaker. He has no need to tell men he is a Christian. They tell him, that he is directly related to the prince of Peace
Peacemakers are God’s possession. They shall be called the children of God. Called means owned. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be owned as the children of God. God is going to own them as His children.
In a few short months, we’re hoping to obtain two portable buildings from Geneva Christian School. The school is donating them to the church and all we have to do is pay for the moving. Earlier in the year, we set a goal to raise $55,000-$60,000 to get the buildings and make some improvements to the property. We’ve raised $16,000 so far but have spent $21,000 getting the pool taken care of and other property improvements including bringing electricity into the buildings. We need $25,000-$30,000 to have the two buildings transported. In addition, our regular giving has been down so it has presented some challenges for us. Would you pray about what God might have you to do? I’m so grateful to you for your loving generosity and trust our Abba to work in hearts and supernaturally supply all our needs according to His riches in Glory!
You are loved!