Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers:for they shall be called the children of God.
The first part of this verse is one of the easier to understand.
A peacemaker defined by dictionary.com is…
Simple enough, those who often act as the in between to keep peace. This isn’t always an easy task because often one must stay impartial to be a true peacemaker. I also believe that to understand the definition of a peacemaker one must understand what a peacemaker is not and does not.
A peacemaker does not antagonize
A peacemaker does not spread rumors, those rumors die in the peacemakers ears.
A peacemaker does not look for trouble
A peacemaker is not quick to judge, or grow angry.
A peacemaker is kind…
What about the reward?
To be called a child of God.
I don’t believe this is referring to God calling us His children as we know that all those who choose Jesus are called the children of God. “Galatians 3:26”
I believe this title will be for the time on earth. If one lives a true Christian life they are given a level of respect by most sane, mature people (in our country and somewhat beyond). Mother Theresa lived as a true Christian, her heart seemed to always be in the right place. I have yet to meet a person who did not have the utmost respect for the woman. Unlike many people who are given gross amounts of attention, Mother Theresa was never bashed, that I am aware of, because it’s hard to bash someone who is acting in pure love.
Even if you are only respected in your small circle of people for being a peacemaker, it is a respect that is earned. You never know who you may influence, who you may give a different perspective to that later may turn to Christ because of the example you set as a peacemaker.
This may be one of the beatitudes that I revisit as I ponder more on what it is to be called a peacemaker by fellow humans.
Please feel free to comment on this or any other of my interpretations of the Beatitudes, I only ask that you do your part to add, not take away and that you remain respectful.