We have already seen that as Jesus went forth proclaiming the Kingdom, that healing, and restoration of wholeness went in His wake, for the restoration of wholeness, including the restoration of relationships torn by the hostility of this world is something within the very character of God. A peacemaker is someone who places a high priority on restoring relationships, even with those considered to be enemies; this is also what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.

On the other hand, many, maybe even most people of this world are not peacemakers. Look around you, this world is not a peaceful place, for people vie with each other for riches, for position and advantage. Such people are not making peace and restoring relationships, except for personal gain; this is not the behavior of a disciple, and thus the blessing of a restored relationship with God is not present in the here and now, and it is not likely to be found in the hereafter unless changes are made.

For the disciple, blessing in great supply is to be found in restoring wholeness and relationships; it is its own reward, and as a disciple the eternal future is both assured and very bright, for there will be blessing beyond imagination in store.

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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5 Responses to Peacemakers

  1. Very well, and succinctly said! I wrote an article asking the question, Who is the Divider of the Brethren? Most people shout out ‘Satan’. We actually, we are the dividers by ignoring peace for legalism, peace for dogma, peace for who is right, and who is wrong. We ignore the more important matters of the Spirit for the opinions of the flesh!

    Love your writings.

  2. I have to be transparent here, first agreeing with “dividinghisword” and what they wrote. As I have mentioned many times, I have been doing this for ALMOST 5 decades and yet, even now, I find myself going back the my Redeemer time and time again, asking Him to forgive me for allowing my thoughts (not so much actions any more) to be a stumbling block between a brother/sister and myself OR as such is the case, in praying as Matthew says, for those that abuse us or are our enemies.

    It is so easy today, to take on the attitude of the world and if someone, an individual or a group, is hostile to us or our beliefs to just cast them off as lunatics. The trouble is, that interferes with our ability to pray FOR them in a meaningful and fervent way. Even now, I am STILL learning; I teach, but am constantly being taught as well!!

    If we truly seek Mercy as you have shown in your previous article, than we also have to be willing to be peacemakers, for isn’t LOVE, Agape, the motivation behind everyone of these attributes? So I keep praying AND asking the Lord to “forgive my trespasses, as I forgive those who trespass against me!”

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