Is Being a Peacemaker Optional?

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Jesus said in Matthew 5: 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”  Does that mean troublemakers and those who refuse peace aren’t sons of God? Are they outside of the family of God? It left me thinking if being a peacemaker is optional.

I’m not going to lie…I was enjoying my little mystery.

I also wondered why he used to word “sons” of God and not “children” of God.  You read children of God all the time in the Bible. So, what’s the difference?

The audience of this gospel, the Jews, very very very much knew the difference in a son  and child.

The sons wore the name of the family. The father would send the sons as representatives of him in business matters as ambassadors. The sons were the ones who received the inheritance!!

Ephesians 1: 18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.

Heck. Yeah. To. This!! Who doesn’t want ALL the God has to offer? He gives us peace and comfort, and bits of Glory!

Sons get the inheritance. The Peacemakers are called Sons. Obviously this isn’t a gender thing.  Jesus was always talking about things of the heart.

You may be reading this and be thinking, yes…this all seems great.  I’ve been trying to get this/experience this/walk in this, but it’s not working.  Why isn’t it working?

The answer is simple; you might not be a peacemaker yet.

Are you stuck in childish ways? Do you carry around bitterness and drama?  I plead with you to confess! Bring the situation before God and ask Him for his help! He is so faithful.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to then He gave the right to become children of God.

It is true that the moment you are saved by grace because Christ died on the cross, you are part of God’s family.

So, yeah….I guess being a peacemaker is optional, but why simply be a child of God, when you can be called a SON of God?

I love that it’s the 7th beatitude. The number 7 often represent completeness in Scripture.  We are made “complete” in a sense when we are able to be a peacemaker.

We grow up when we see who we are in comparison to God and can humble ourselves again and again.  We grow up when we eat our “spiritual veggies” and feed on God’s word.  We grow up when we are merciful and meek.

When we grow up spiritually, Jesus calls us Sons of God.

2 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, thought like a child, reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

So let’s humble ourselves again and again and again to our God and the people around us in our lives.  Let’s continue to ask the Spirit of God to change our hearts so that we may be ambassadors of the Prince of Peace and thank you Jesus for being the perfect example!

“Whatever you must do to get your heart in heaven and off the world do it!”-John Piper

Is there anyone/situation in your life that is keeping you from truly knowing  what it means to be a son of God due to lack of peace?

Maybe it’s yourself.  I remember the moment I became a “son” of God.  It was when I made peace with the wasted years of my life through truly receiving the forgiveness.  Once I extended forgiveness to myself, I received peace, knew peace, and could give peace away.

God wants us to be peacemakers.  He wants our hearts full of his redemptive love, power, and peace.  God will always keep up with His end of his promise; calling us His son and opening the doors for all of Heaven to invade our hearts as heirs of God Most High.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray that every eye that reads this comes to know you and your saving grace.  I pray that you prepare all hearts and minds to hear the truth that comes with knowing Jesus as Savior.  I pray that you help us to receive the peace that comes through your love and forgiveness of us.   Purify our hearts and help us to extend mercy and grace as we have received mercy and grace.  Father help us to be peacemakers so that we may know you more and fully understand what it means to be a son of God.

Thanks for all you have done for us.

In Jesus name,

Amen.

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Is Being a Peacemaker Optional?

  1. Thank you for the awesome reminder to forgive ourselves! This is truly the catalyst for finding God and living a full life in Him. Debbie Gochenaur

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