“Blessed (enjoying enviable happiness,spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the makers and maintainers of peace, for they shall be called the sons of God!” (Matthew 5:9 AMP)
Peacemaking is a difficult task. It isn’t as simple as solving a dispute or putting minds at ease. In fact, these things can lead to a false sense of peace, or a temporary reprieve from a problem that hasn’t truly been dealt with.
The real problem is….a lack of Jesus.
One of the definitions of peacemaking is: someone who tries to bring peace.
The world’s view of “peace” is different from what we see in scripture. Peace is not merely the absence of war or struggle, but is something much more powerful.
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” (John 14:27 AMP)
Peace IS Christ and is given to us directly by Jesus Christ. Peace is an attribute of His character.
What we tend to skip over in realizing where this peace comes from (directly) is verse 26:
“But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.” (John 14:26)
Jesus left HIS Holy Spirit, His PEACE, His Truth, The Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, for us so that we might have a direct line to Jesus who has a direct line to the Father.
So with this in mind, the previous definition of a peacemaker, within Christian context, should read:
Someone who tries to bring Christ
Solving a problem, comforting a friend, speaking perceived truth to someone, etc. all mean nothing if Christ has not entered into the equation.
He gave us His Holy Spirit so that we might know His truth and His character and His peace so that we might be called peacemakers or those that bring Christ with us into all aspects of life.
Our job as Christians doesn’t merely stop with being worldly advocates and problem solvers. The whole book of Ecclesiastes will tell you how meaningless that is. We are to invite others to meet and know the perfect peace that comes with allowing Christ to reign in our lives.
What this also means is that the enemy is out to take peace away, which is just a fancy way of saying that Satan is attempting to deter others from Christ and the fruits of His Holy Spirit. One of the most crafty ways Satan tries to steal away our peace, is by telling us that we have to work to earn God’s grace.
When our mindsets change from “we belong to Christ” to “we aren’t enough” or “we have to work harder at earning the free gift of salvation” ….that is when peace will be lacking in our lives.
Pursuing things of this world, trying to fulfill laws we could never fulfill, being divisive within the body of Christ, etc. all lead to a lack of peace and a lack of Joy.
When we take Christ out of our thought patterns, we struggle and fail. It is why He continues to tell us to renew our minds and refocus them completely on Him.
So let us be peacemakers who focus on Christ and bring Him with us into every situation we face.