In Christ’s Sermon on the Mount he gives a list of eight Christian characteristics that we refer to as the beatitudes. Each beatitude deals with how we as children of God should behave. Matthew 5:9 gives us the seventh beatitude:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God
It has always struck me as odd that if you go to Washington D.C. you can see several different peace monuments, each one erected after a major war. It seems that as long as man has wandered this earth there has been a struggle with conflict, fighting and war.
The author of Matthew uses a word here for peace found nowhere else in scripture. In fact the word itself is rarely found in classical Greek. The word is “eirenopoieo”, which translates into the Hebrew word “shalom”. Many of us are familiar with the Hebrew word shalom, which literally means “a love for harmony and peace”. It is not enough to just enjoy peace; it must be a love that drives us. And when we are peace seekers we are in God’s will, and are worthy enough to be called his children.
John Lennon was noted for his desire to see world peace. He wrote lyrics such as, “All we are saying is give peace a chance.” This concept of peace (No more war) is not what Christ is talking about. Peace makers are called to love our enemies, and share the gospel message with them. In other words, this isn’t about war, it’s about life. We are called to speak the peace of Christ into the world around us! What an awesome call for his children.
Most have us have heard of Samuel Colt, or at least his invention, the revolver known as the Colt 45. You may also be aware that the gun has an oxymoronic nickname, “The Peacemaker.” The Colt 45 actually got its nickname from Samuel himself when he made the statement,
“The good people in this world are very far from being satisfied with each other and my arms are the best peacemaker.” ~ Samuel Colt (1852)
Left to ourselves, even the good people of this earth cannot get along. This is not the peace of God. Man will most likely always strive for world peace, but it will never happen until the Peace of God flows freely in this world. A gun cannot cause peace, man cannot bring peace, but God’s children are the peacemakers, and for that we are blessed.
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