“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
I tend to think of peace as a ceasefire. If you can keep people from firing at each other, you are keeping the peace. I am naturally skilled at this task. I can diffuse tension and diplomatically navigate conversations. But peace from a gospel mindset is different. Peace in the gospel is a harmony, a union between God and men. That peace cannot be achieved by diplomacy. It could not be achieved by tactful conversation. That peace was achieved by blood.
Jesus made peace by the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:20). He brought peace where peace could never exist apart from the supernatural intervention of God. He bridged the unbridgeable gap. This is the gospel. He was the first and greatest Peacemaker. He is the Prince of Peace.
As children of God, we should reflect Jesus by being peacemakers. We urge people to be reconciled to God. We point to the great Peacemaker. We’ve been given the power and the privilege to participate in this mission. God has sent out His army of peacemakers to bring the message of reconciliation to a lost and dying world.
But we must remember. We are never bringing peace on our own terms. Jesus is the Peacemaker, and peace can only come on His terms. Many who call themselves Christians are false peacemakers with a false message of peace. Imagine if a rogue ambassador went to a nation and offered terms of peace that were not authorized by the king. No matter how sincere the messenger might be, the terms are invalid. At the end of the day, that nation is not reconciled to the King.
Let us remember, Christians, Jesus has bridged the gap. He has made peace. But the terms are clear. The gospel is clear. Repent and believe. This is the message. It has been and will always be the same. Let us be bold in bringing that message. Let us be peacemakers. And in doing so, we are the children of our faithful and peacemaking God.