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What Is A Peacemaker?
What Is A Peacemaker?

Scripture, Matthew 5:1-16
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (Matt. 5:9)

In America's Wild West era, a "peacemaker" meant only one thing: a Cold .45 revolver. With that formidable piece of hardware strapped on his hip, a man could stand up against all his enemies, or so they said. Hardly the meaning of Christ's teaching, you will agree. Making peace is more than exerting force, or using influence, or acting as a referee. No, peacemaking is far more than that. It reaches into the depths of the heart and calls for a dynamic power that will make people want to get along peaceably.

The source of peace for the believer, of course, is the Lord Jesus Christ. "He is our peace," wrote Paul, "who hath made both one . . . having abolished in His flesh the enmity . . . to make in Himself of twain one new man, so making peace" (Eph. 2:14-15). The Saviour Himself said, "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace" (John 16:33). Furthermore, the Holy Spirit duplicates this attribute of the Saviour in every heart that is filled with Him: "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace." To be peacemakers means that we do what Jesus did: helping to bring people into a right relationship with God and with each other through what we are, do, and say.

Small thought here
There is more to the fruit of the Spirit than just a list of good qualities to desire and to take by faith. That, of course, is true. However, to be peacemakers, you and I must be so full of God's love and joy that people will feel comfortable with us, will trust us, and will want to be like us. That is an assignment that calls for the work of the Holy Spirit. He is ready when you are.