[blessed are the peacemakers]
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9, ESV
When I was a kid and I was reading / hearing this verse, I kept thinking “Wow, what’s so special about being a peacemaker? It’s easy!”
These days I realize that being a peacemaker is not as easy as it sounds.
The peacemaker is someone who stands in the middle, knowing both sides. Besides knowing both sides, the peacemaker knows the problems between these two sides and why they could not reconcile on their own.
The peacemaker is the one who often gets hit from both sides because he has to listen to what the parties got to say about the others and try to gently talk them into agreeing to make peace. Practice shows that if people could not make peace by themselves it means that the wounds are deep, and it would take a lot of Neosporin and bandages to get them on the path to healing.
Jesus was a peacemaker, and the peace cost him his life.
Thankfully, I am still alive, and no one tried to take my life (there were a couple times when I asked for God to take mine). But this business being the peacemaker – wow. It sure hurts a lot because I love both parties. God knows why he wanted me in the middle, but I really believe that is my place – whether I want it or not, I cannot really be anywhere else.
As I was pondering about all these questions while in the shower (that’s my thinking place) and talking to God about all the issues, the verse from Matthew popped into my mind. I did not think of myself as a peacemaker before, but then it was clear.
We’ll see where God is heading with all this.
One last thing – I love how Eugene Peterson translated that verse.
You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.
Matthew 5:9, the Message
Blessings to you and yours!