“God blesses those who work for peace, for they shall be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
God is the God of peace. His whole plan of redemption is to provide peace with God for those who were formerly alienated from God, and ultimately bring peace to the world.
“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” (Isaiah 9:6-7)
This is the goal of the work of the Messiah.
In the world today we see strife and conflict.
There is little hope for peace and unity.
True peace that the world needs, calls for a complete change of nature.
Only God can give this kind of peace.
“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
It begins with God and extends to reconciliation with God and with other people.
The people who are peacemakers are first and foremost people who understand what true peace is.
Their effort is to establish a peace that embraces God’s provision of peace.
Showing that people will be in peace if they are in harmony with God.
The true peacemakers are the ones that promote the kingdom of God here on earth.
They are at work reconciling adversaries, quenching hatred, uniting those who are divided, promoting true understanding and showing the love of God to others.
They do this because they have the peace of God in their lives and they want everyone else to have that peace.
Yes, when we work for peace we are called the children of God, because our God is a God of peace.
“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.” (1 John 3:1)