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What does 'blessed are the peacemakers' mean?



    
    

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Matthew 5:9 is part of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in which He says, 'Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.' The Greek word translated 'peacemaker' is used in on...

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Mini Terry Galloway Christ follower, Bible lover, mission of sharing the gospel
Jesus Christ taught us to be peacemakers by His example of making peace/reconciling the believer to His Father, God. When a person is born again, the Holy Spirit living inside of them works to make peace with God through our Advocate, Jesus Christ. This is the Trinity in action that does the work, not any work done by the believer, but by faith alone brings salvation.

Peacemaking is an action. Peacekeeping is not the same as peacemaking. Peacemaking involves pleasing God instead of pleasing people. When we become children of God, we give up our sinful lives to no longer be slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness. Romans 6:16
Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. 1 John 3 also tells us that if a person keeps on deliberately sinning that they are not a child of God, but a child of the devil. So first, peacemaking involves telling the truth in love because God's Word is the truth and love always tells the truth. Proverbs 26:28 actually warns us that lying to someone is actually hating someone: A lying tongue hates its victims,
and flattering words cause ruin.
and those who say and believe lies belong to the father of lies, Satan. John 8:44

Secondly, peacemaking involves the Great Commission given by Jesus Christ that His followers will tell others the only way to be saved and have peace with God. This isn't limited to just telling the gospel, but living the gospel by teaching others to obey Jesus' commands. Matthew 28:18-20. Peacemakers speak up for Christ and His commands which will bring peace to those who listen and obey and will bring persecution to the peacemaker from those who refuse the Good News. Matthew 5's Beattitudes fit together to describe the follower of Christ which includes persecution. 

With peacemaking we must be careful not to say "peace, peace when there is no peace" Jeremiah 6:14 and 8:11-15. As Christ followers we also must be careful not to listen to false teachers that promise peace without obedience to God's Word. Jeremiah 23 warns about God's anger against false teachers:
This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says to his people:

“Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you,
filling you with futile hopes.
They are making up everything they say.
They do not speak for the Lord!
17 They keep saying to those who despise my word,
‘Don’t worry! The Lord says you will have peace!’
And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires,
they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’
18 “Have any of these prophets been in the Lord’s presence
to hear what he is really saying?
Has even one of them cared enough to listen?

Also, as we are telling the truth and witnessing for Christ, remember that there is no peace with those who remain in the darkness. We pray for the Spirit to give them the light, but until that happens we are to remain separate. 2 Corinthians 6: 14 Don’t team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? 15 What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil[d]? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? 16 And what union can there be between God’s temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:

“I will live in them
and walk among them.
I will be their God,
and they will be my people.[e]
17 Therefore, come out from among unbelievers,
and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord.
Don’t touch their filthy things,
and I will welcome you.[f]
18 And I will be your Father,
and you will be my sons and daughters,
says the Lord Almighty.

We really make peace and obtain peace by being unified through the work of the Holy Spirit which brings us in agreement with the Word of God, the Bible, which is always the absolute truth. (Romans 15:4-5)

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