God promises that those who make peace will be blessed: “Blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9). But to make peace, a person must be at peace. A person who is filled which turmoil will inject that into relationships and situations. To be a peacemaker, you have to be peaceful.
In Matthew 5, Jesus blesses those who are peacemakers in His kingdom. In Kingdom peacemaking, the disciples take the imitative. The disciple lays aside pride, risk rejection or ridicule. In other words, peacemaking is not passive. For example, if a person with the authority to do so ordered you to carry his load one mile, then going with him or her one mile would avoid conflict. But that is not the same as peace. Don’t be satisfied with keeping things on an even keel. Go further.
In order to carry someone’s load a second mile, peace has to be in you. It is a peace that has grown out of meekness. A strong, settled, contented person, anchored to eternity’s realities, has the courage and the boldness to be outrageous in making peace. “The fruit of righteousness will be peace, the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)
Peace comes from the inside and spreads to those around you. Make peace. Create it. Bring peace out of chaos and disorder. Be like your Father. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)Radical, outrageous peacemakers are known as sons of God. People who observe them can’t help but notice the likeness.
Peace can be costly. It can cost your pride. It can cost your reputation. It cost Jesus his life. But the promise is that peacemakers will live in a state of blessedness. Those who live in peace, will live at peace.