In Matthew 5:9 Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (NIV) That word, peacemaker, is only used once in the New Testament – here in this passage. However, the verb form of the word is also used. Again, it is used only once. It is found in Colossians 1:19-20, which reads, “For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (NIV)
When God made peace through the blood of Jesus, it was an active effort. First, he arranged the events of history to bring the nation of Israel into existence. That nation’s religious practice would provide the backdrop to understand the work of Jesus. After centuries of work with Israel, God arranged the birth of Jesus. Later he used those who hated Jesus to complete his plan for the crucifixion. Jesus then defeated sin and death by his resurrection. It was an active effort over a long time.
If we are to be peacemakers, we also must be active. It can take a lot of work and a lot of time to help people reconcile. But bringing peace to troubled relationships is one way we show we are God’s children. Today, is there someone you know who needs some peace?
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