Are You Ready to Rumble?
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Matthew 5:9
We live in a world that unfortunately loves to see a good fight. If you do not believe me, look no further than a lot of what is shown on reality television. Worldwide Wrestling may have created the phrase “Are you ready to rumble” but our society has adopted a lot of that philosophy.
How do I know this to be true? I see it unfortunately in how people will treat each other in the market place as we fight for what we believe to be our rights. I see it in how people respond to each other on social media. Even in the Christian community, Christians all too often seek to bash others rather than seek peace.
However, God has called us as followers of His to a different standard. Matthew 5:9 teaches us that God blesses those who work for peace. So, what did Jesus mean by peacemaker in verse 9? A working definition of a peacemaker is a person who is actively seeking to reconcile people to God and to one another.
According to that definition, a peacemaker is not something you see as often as we should. It is quite the distinction, per Matthew 5:9. This verse describes two great benefits to being a peacemaker. Those two benefits are:
You will be happier - The word blesses or blessed in that verse means “happy.” God promises joy and contentment to those who work for peace. When you work to reconcile people with each other and God, you will find joy and peace when broken relationships come together. You will find joy unexplainable when you lead others to Christ.
You will discover who you really are - Verse 9 declares “that you will be called the children of God.” There is no greater joy than knowing you are a child of God and living as a child of God. Jesus described Himself in Isaiah as the “Prince of Peace.” Following Jesus completely means living our lives as peacemakers seeking to bring reconciliation to others and to God. That is the essence of who God designed us to be as His followers.
What about us? Are we peacemakers? When is the last time we helped reconcile someone to God? When is the last time we sought to make peace with someone we are upset with? A person can only work towards peace if he is at peace with himself.
I pray that we all find the peace that God has promised us and use that to become a peacemaker for God. May we begin to live by the words of Romans 12:18 which says: “If it be possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.”