Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers

What is a peacemaker?

A person can only work toward peace if they are at peace themselves. We have peace with God through Jesus. When Jesus called us we found our peace, for Jesus is our peace.

Being a peacemaker is part of being surrendered to God. God comes to us through Christ to make peace with us, and we in turn participate in God’s grace as we go to into the world to make peace.

Living as a peacemaker means following Christ’s example. He is called the “Prince of Peace”. Isaiah 9:6 and Ephesians 2:14-16 reveal that Jesus is our peace in that he has reconciled Jew and Gentile, and reconciled both to God.

Jesus offers this same peace to his followers: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).

This Lent let us bring peace to a troubled world.

The Reverend Deacon Nina Page, 
Grace Church Milton.