Matthew 5:9 “
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
It’s not easy to be a good and faithful Christian these days. Society is so set against Christian teaching and Christian living to the point that Christians are once again the outcasts, even persecuted Even among our own loved ones.
All too often we view peace as the absence of conflict. Two or more sides coming together and putting their differences behind them. While that certainly is a wonderful thing we should always be mindful of the cost of that peace. Should we put aside our differences at the cost of what is right? Is our soul going to be at peace if we compromise right for wrong in order to gain favor or to save our reputation, our wealth, or our life? No. We will find ourselves in further turmoil and conflict internally and that is what Jesus is trying to tell us.
We are the peacemakers for ourselves. If we are to live in true peace we must be obedient to God. Anything but that will lead us to the internal struggles brought on by sin. Matthew 10:34-36 speaks of Jesus telling us he didn’t come to bring peace, that is an earthly peace. He spoke of families entering into conflict with themselves over him. I don’t know if there is anything harder to do than to tell a family member that they need to repent and change their ways or their soul could be in jeopardy. No doubt there could be hard feelings, bitterness, resentment, even physical hostility. No one likes to be told what to do or that they are wrong. However what peace will you have internally if you had the opportunity to help deliver someone from their sins? Would your family member, your friends, anyone for that matter be at peace if their sins lead them to hell?Are you going to sin yourself rather than do the right thing if it means giving up fame, popularity, even the so called respect of others? How is any of that going to help you if you don’t end up in Heaven. Is an eternity of hell worth a short brief few moments of temporal earthly peace?