The Beatitudes, Part V

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.  Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Matthew 5:8-12

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”  In many ways, the whole life of Jesus was like a contradiction.  He is the “Prince of Peace.”  Yet His very presence troubled people and nearly drove them to madness.  He went about “doing good.”  He healed the sick, caused the blind to see and the deaf to hear.  Yet His own people hated Him so much that they crucified Him.  He was “harmless.”  Yet one of those closest to Him betrayed Him.  This verse seems to be a contradiction also.  Our society seems to think of peacemakers as being weak or helpless.   But the truth is that often, it takes more strength and more courage to swallow your pride and not “go to battle” over something than it does to fight for yourself.

The peacemaker does not compromise the truth, just like the true Peacemaker.  The peacemaker is not a pushover, just like the true Peacemaker.  The mob did not take Jesus’ life from Him, He laid it down.  He went to the cross, endured the shame and the pain to bring us to God.  Romans 5:1 tells us “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…”  We can be at peace with God because of what Jesus did.  He is ever our example, and He is the perfect example of a peacemaker.

3 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks, Ben

    ” … the truth is that often, it takes more strength and more courage to swallow your pride and not “go to battle” over something than it does to fight for yourself.”
    That’s a pretty deep statement right there! Our world would be such a better place to live if some our leaders had taken this approach.

    May His peace be yours as you go through the process of ‘choosing your battles’

    Blessings
    ann

    Reply

    • That is so true. Picking our battles is the key. Jesus only picked the “battles” that were fought on behalf of His Father or others, like the woman taken in adultery or the people defiling the Temple. He never fought when men reviled and mocked Him. What a great lesson.

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  2. Great post and great comment and reply too! I think stepping into a battle and trying to make peace while speaking the truth, is especially brave and takes much strength! True peacemakers are not always appreciated. Look what happened to Jesus.
    God bless you and be your peace!

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