Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9
It would certainly seem that peace and tranquility should be the default, while chaos must be created. However, quite the opposite is true. We create chaos with ease, while maintaining a peaceful life is something we must work towards. The irony isn’t lost on me, as it is much more stressful to function within a chaotic environment. Peace is worth pursuing as it more beneficial in the long-run.
Perhaps that’s why peace is listed with the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Peace doesn’t seem to come to us naturally. Scripture seems to suggest that it’s something we need to cultivate. We need to diligently and purposefully work towards it. Matthew 5:9 says, “blessed are the peacemakers,” implying peace is something that is, in fact, made. (For more information on peace, read oue blog HERE.)
The word peace, as used in Scripture, is derived from the verb εἴρω (to join). Once could infer that peace is active, something that must be done or created. We can also assume that peace is powerful and protective. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
If this is what Scripture says about peace, why are we so reluctant to pursue it? So many of us live in a constant state of unrest and tension. The majority of us are beyond stressed. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually; it would seem that many of us are in need of peace and rest.
So, I ask you, in what areas of your life do you need to make peace? Your marriage? Your job? Your church? Maybe you’re at war with yourself? Holding on to feelings of guilt and shame?
We should actively aim to create peace in all areas of our lives. Whatever that may mean for you, I pray it’s something you recognize and begin to pray about and work on. Whether there is tension in your marriage, with your family, your church, or even your job; I sincerely hope and pray you mind a way to make peace in all areas of your life. Of course, peace begins with being anchored in who we are in Christ Jesus. That’s a fantastic starting place.
As the Apostle Paul says, we can learn to be content in all situations. A large part of that is being at peace. If we’re at war with ourselves and those around us, well, we aren’t going to be content, are we? Again, this week, I sincerely pray you actively and diligently pursue peace.
Take care and God bless.
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