It’s hard being a peacemaker

Matthew 5:9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

What is a peacemaker?

I’m sure you’ve probably read this verse before as I know I have read it. I came across again it a few days ago and began to wonder ‘What exactly is a peacemaker?’ I looked up the definition and this is what I found:

1. a person who brings about peace, especially by reconciling adversaries.

What is peace?

I know that most of us strive to find it but many times fall short. We want to be free from the conflict that surrounds us in everyday life.

1. freedom from disturbance; quiet and tranquility.
“you can while away an hour or two in peace and seclusion”
synonyms: tranquility, calm, restfulness, peace and quiet, peacefulness, quiet, quietness
2. freedom from or the cessation of war or violence.”the Straits were to be open to warships in time of peace”
synonyms: law and order, lawfulness, order, peacefulness, peaceableness, harmony,nonviolence;

Bring about peace

So it appears that a peacemaker would be someone who brings about peace. Someone who tries to facilitate an environment of tranquility and harmony. They may do this in a number of ways. They could offer their homes as a safe haven or refuge to others.

Listeners and helpers

They could just offer to listen to others and help them with situations that are distressing them. They could be the one who is constantly trying to help others reconcile arguments or acting as a go-between among feuding parties.

Bring Harmony

Peacemakers are constantly looking for ways to bring about harmony to every situation. They will often be the first ones to admit they were wrong in a situation and they will do whatever is needed to right the wrong.

Promotes Peace

A peacemaker will most always seek ways to promote peace in every circumstance. They attempt to make careful decisions about everything they do and consider how they can prevent a potentially bad situation from becoming worse. When things don’t go well they will not blow things out of proportion and they will be quick to forgive minor offenses.

Show Appreciation

They will also be quick to show others appreciation. They will show displays of gratitude, humility, and grace that can and will immediately dissolve feelings of tension and discord. We are all called to peacemakers, just as Jesus was a peacemaker, as followers of Jesus.
Resist confrontations at their own expense
Sometimes though the peacemaker can begin to feel run down, drained, and depressed. Maybe they feel like they keep getting caught up in other people’s drama. They may retreat into themselves because they feel like they can’t open up to others. Maybe they don’t want to feel like they are ‘gossiping’ if they try to talk about what is bothering them. Then again maybe their desire for peace keeps them from confronting others about bad behaviors and/or attitudes that are having a negative impact on their relationships.

If you find yourself feeling like this then turn to God. In order to be a true peacemaker, you must continually ask God for guidance. You must be able to experience the peace of God in your own life before you can truly live in peace with others. When others can see the peace you have and the joy it brings to your life they will also have a desire to become a peacemaker.

If you happen to know someone who is a peacemaker then you should thank God for them. Pray for them and ask God to supply them with wisdom, strength, patience. Maybe you could say a little ‘Thank you’ and encourage them on their walk so that they can continue in their good work.

If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. (Romans 12:18 KJV)

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