Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God: (Matt 5:9)
The Christian has found his ultimate peace at the cross, in the death of His crucified Lord. “For in Him (Christ) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell and through him (Christ) to reconcile to himself (Christ) all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his (Christ’s) cross” (Col 1:19-20). Take it to the bank – – Jesus is the believer’s peace! He is the peaceful one. However, this beatitude says that the disciple “must not only have peace but also make peace.” The kingdom of God and the cause of Christ gain no benefit by and through violence, and so, the Christian sojourner must surrender their inclination towards ferocity and brutality. More than that, they must “let the peace of Christ rule in their hearts” (Col 3:15), “strive for peace with everyone” (Heb. 12:14), and “seek peace and pursue it” (Ps. 34:14/1 Pet. 3:11)! Our gospel is peace — peace between God and man and man and man. The kingdom is peace. So, how do Jesus’ followers keep and produce the peace? By:
– Choosing to endure suffering themselves rather than inflict it upon others.
– Maintaining fellowship where others would cut it off.
– Renouncing all self-assertion, and quietly suffering in the face of hatred and wrong.
– Overcoming evil with good
– Establishing the peace of God in the midst of a world of war and hate.
– Meeting the wicked in peace and being ready to suffer at their hands.
-Reconciliation (Bonhoeffer, 112-113)
These have made peace in a hostile world. These people hold onto Jesus, the Son of God, bear the cross of their Lord with Him, make peace and reconciliation with others, and in so doing become ‘sons of God!’
“…God taught me that His kingdom comes with peace — a type of ease that results when you listen to the command that says, ‘Cease striving and know that I am God.’ The peace of God’s kingdom is released from God when we ask for it. We can’t force it or earn it. So my primary goal is to receive the peace that comes from knowing God intimately and then to release that peace into everything I do. That peace gives me security and reminds me that as an adopted son of God, I don’t have to prove my value or worth to myself or to the world. I am completely loved, accepted, and cherished by God. He is crazy about me, as He is with all those who accept His invitation to be with Him.” (Ryan Hall, 46)