Blessed are the Peacemakers

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God."

Methodist theologian Adam Clarke once wrote "the Gospel is called the Gospel of peace, because it tends to reconcile men to God and to each other". I think that reconciliation is the operative word - peacemakers are reconcilers.. those who bring together folks that are alienated.. people that are hostile to each other.

An old friend recently died - I was sad because we had not talked in a long time. It caused me to contact another old friend that I had not seen in a while. We shared not only a meal - we shared our lives. Life is too short to allow any sort of alienation in our lives. Being a peacemaker sometimes involves making contact when it is uncomfortable. Being a peacemaker is a divine call.

Small wonder that folks who make peace are called children of God.

Lord, help me to make peace.

2 comments:

  1. Bob, I am so enjoying your thoughts and insights in the Beatitudes ~ Yes, what a calling to be a peacemaker. We all can be, but some have the gift!

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  2. When I think of peacemakers, I think of the peacekeeping forces such as in Korea at hte 38th Parallel. Making peace sometimes means a show of force. As peakemakers for God, he is the force and we are the instrument. Sometimes peace comes at a great cost. Blessed are those who pay the price for peace.

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