Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God. ~Matthew 5:9
The interdependence of the beatitudes is often noted. They are not a spiritual buffet where we select the items we like and avoid the ones we do not. They are inseparable … and they are all necessary. In the beatitudes Jesus sets out the framework for Kingdom living. We can never be done with them … for they always search and reveal the attitudes of our own hearts. The beatitude that has to do with being a peacemaker is a culmination of the ones before it. Below are some questions that should help us reflect on how each beatitude leads us toward being the peacemakers that Jesus asks us to be.
*Am I aware of my own spiritual poverty, bankrupt before God, unable to save myself? Then I can make peace with others as a fellow struggler.
*Am I aware of my specific sins and the destruction they have created in my life? Am I mourning over them? Then I can make peace carefully, not wanting to add to the burden of others (or my own).
*Am I treating others with humility, controlling my strengths so as not to hurt others? Then I can make peace without exercising power over someone else.
*Am I so yearning for righteousness that I never stop seeking God in my life? Then I can make peace with God’s perspective in my vision.
*Am I able to be sympathetic with others in their own pain, offering mercy to them? Then I can make peace recognizing my own need for mercy.
*Am I devoted to God alone, not mixing my devotion with idols and interests that take His place in my heart? Then I can make peace without mixed motives and with God’s peace as my goal.
Allowing the beatitudes to direct my heart and life brings about the Christ-likeness that I so desire for myself and my world. Being a person who makes peace is one of the ways that lives can be changed. Starting with mine.
Another great article on peacemaking by Danny Dodd is HERE.