Peace is something that doesn’t come easy – anyone who has ever tried to work for it knows that.
As Christians, we consider Jesus to be the greatest peacemaker of all time, after all, He did reconcile mankind to God (1 Timothy 2:5). In the book of Matthew, Jesus lays down some instructions for us as Christians to fight for peace as well: “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). This is one of the great statements (also known as the Beatitudes) that Jesus makes at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.
Surely peacemaking isn’t just holding doors open and being nice to people. When Jesus says work for peace he is saying that there is much to be done and that it isn’t easy. But what does this actually look like for us?
Jesus said, “Don’t imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword,” (Matthew 10:34). This is an interesting statement from our humble King, especially in light of His call to be peacemakers. In the verses following, Jesus says, “I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. Your enemies will be right in your own household!” (Matthew 10:35-36)
At first glance it might seem that Jesus is contradicting Himself, but when we look closer we find that Jesus is just showing us what true peacemaking looks like.
Time and time again we see in scripture that true peace is only found in Him. But when Christ saves you from your sin and you experience that true peace, you are subject to lose things of this world, sometimes even friends and family members.
There is no peace outside of knowing Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Those who work for peace as Matthew 5:9 tells us are those who share the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that others can experience true peace in Christ. That is what children of God do.
You want to work for peace and be a peacemaker for the sake of Christ? Share the truth of His Gospel and watch as the Holy Spirit creates faith in hearts of men, bringing true eternal peace.