“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
Peace is a wonderful thing, often fleeting but when true peace is found, there is joy. The peace that faith in Jesus Christ offers is one that is eternal, it does not ebb and flow nor does it change with the season or with cultural mores. To live in peace is to feel truly at one with the Lord and to witness the grace of God to the world. A peacemaker is one that not only lives a peaceful life but truly is called to make peace, to reach out the hand of Christian love and share the peace of Christ with another. A peacemaker takes seriously the call of St. Paul that “if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18) A peacemaker may not understand but is understanding of someone else’s journey. There is joy in making peace because it is the sharing of truly what it means to be a child of God. God’s intent for you is to come to know the peace that comes through truly knowing Jesus Christ; it is a peace that is nonjudgmental, grace-filled, hopeful, and world-transforming. Jesus said, “peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives so do not let your hearts be troubled and do not let them be afraid.” (John 14:27) Accept the peace of Christ into your life and know the blessing of actively seeking peace for others. Thank you Jesus for the privilege of living out the peace that you share.