June 3rd, 2007

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Peacemakers. Matt. 5:7

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

It seems to me that God wills for humankind to live in peace: with him (Rom. 5:1) and with one another. (Mt. 22:34-40). Here again we are looking at something which is not totally dependent up our own personal effort. Peace involves two or more persons.

Peace is most possible when the previous beatitude, purity of heart, is at work in the persons who seek peace. The lack of peace in a relationship is typically the consequences of one or both persons failing to love their neighbor as they should. This results in distrust and often issues in retalitory acts which heighten conflict.

In a few verses Jesus will return to this subject and tell his disciples that they should be initiators of the peace making process. Ideally, when one goes to another and declares that being a peace with him/her is of utmost importance, the other will respond by taking steps toward reconciliation.

The promise here is that peacemakers will be called sons of God. Does this refer to the idea that we are acting with the same goals and purposes of God himself, thus be are seen a “chips off the old block”?