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Thankfulness Project: Blessed are the Peacemakers

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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God. -Matthew 5:9

A peacemaker is a negotiator, a mediator, a person who brings about peace, especially by reconciling adversaries; an arbiter. To extend peace to others, one must first have it within themselves. This peace is a gift of God, not something that can be fabricated or falsified by people. When we’re in the presence of a peaceful person, we don’t have to be told. It’s not a thing someone brags about. You can feel it. They’re not incessantly vying for attention, praise, or demanding of everyone around them constantly. They have confidence in the thing that gives them peace, even if the circumstances around them are tumultuous, even if the people around them are worried or panicked or critical, even if the temptation is present for themselves to be anxious or worried. They find the calm in the storm, and sometimes it seems they are the calm. The deepest, truest peace is a gift of God. It is a fruit of the Spirit. (Gal. 5:22) Peace comes from the Holy Spirit and time spent with God. It comes from knowing how big and omnipotent our God is, and that nothing compares to Him. It comes from trusting Him, usually because a person has seen His faithfulness and goodness in the past and trusts Him to continue to be faithful, just as He promises. Peace comes from knowing and believing God’s promises stated in His Word.

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When a person is filled with this trust and peace, they want to be surrounded by it, to share it with others. They’re the one comforting an anxious child with a hug or teaching them how to take deep breaths. They’re the grandparent who lays their hand on another’s and smiles, holding eye contact. They’re the coworker who dissolves the argument. They’re the friend with whom we can sit in contended silence. I’m so thankful for all the friends I’ve had like this over the years, and the ones I am blessed to still have. I strive to be this as well. I have a friend who can sit on the phone with me after we’ve finished catching up, and suddenly neither of us are talking, both doing chores or mindless activities, but there’s just the availability and presence of a dearly loved friend, and I feel at peace because of her. There are some people who can sit on a couch or a park bench or the floor and don’t demand to be entertained, don’t complain of boredom; they sit contentedly at peace, enjoying what surrounds them, or in thought, or smiling to themselves. These are some of my favorite people in the world. Just being beside them sets others at peace and reminds us to cease striving and find rest.

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They also seek and pursue peace with others, as we ought to do. (1 Peter 3:11) They calm us, encourage us, speak kind and loving words to us, and often are the ones making us laugh or smile. Their pride isn’t hurt or ruffled (or rarely is) by other’s words or false statements. They are confident in the truths of God’s promises, secure in their identity in Him, fully assured of God’s love, surrendered to His will and not the desires of others, and they teach us how to be as well by their beautiful example. These will be called sons and daughters of God.

Sons of God. Ephesians 3:19 includes a prayer that all believers be filled with all the fullness of God. A peacemaker is an obvious son of God. “By their fruits you shall know them.” (Matt. 7:20) They’re filled with the peace only God gives. They experience the same peace (though perhaps not to the same depth all the time) that Jesus Himself exhibited. And just as Jesus demonstrated peace and love to the lost, hurting, and broken, so do the peacemakers of this world. They set aside all the other nonsense to just love people and share the peace God has given them, and can give all of us, His children.

And, "I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." -2 Corinthians 6:18

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These people aren’t driven by pride that demands to be right all the time about everything, or are constantly correcting everyone; they realize that there are more important things, and let go of the things that don’t really matter. They’re not critical, nit-picking, micro-managing, or controlling, and they don’t let others push them around either. They know God, what He says about them, what He has commanded of them, and they won’t be moved by anyone else from the path God has lit before them. They guide others back to the way of peace, to the path of life God has for each of His children. Because they know peace, they leave a trail of peace making wherever they go, and we know they are God’s children, because such unwavering peace can only come from omnipotent God Himself, who cannot be moved, nor His covenant of peace be moved or shaken. (Isaiah 54:10)

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© 2021 Amanda Lorenzo

Comments

Naude Lorenzo on April 14, 2021:

A blessed article that fills your heart and mind and makes you want to follow every bit of it, very smart articulated as usual, thanks Amanda

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