Blessed are the Peacemakers

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“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God (Matthew 5:9).” This is one of the lines of the supreme blessedness pronounced by Jesus when he was teaching on the mount (Matthew 5:1).

Who are the peacemakers? Once, I heard somebody preaching that when you pacify a quarrel you already are a peacemaker. Is this the kind of peacemaker that Jesus referred to? Of course not. Remember, the peacemaker Jesus referred to shall be called a child of God.

What kind of peace did Jesus refer to? In Romans 5:1 this is what we can read, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” The peace that Jesus referred to was man’s reconciliation with God. The peacemaker, therefore, is the Christian who preaches the good news of salvation to sinners so that they may be reconciled with God. In so doing, the Christian is the peacemaker who led sinners to be at peace with God. As children of God, it is our solemn duty to make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification (Romans 14:19). The peacemakers are Christians who are obligated to preach salvation, not just anybody else.