“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[of God” Matthew 5:9.
The saying, “You cannot give what you do not have” is a good way to understand peacemaking. Being a peacemaker is not simply being one who resolves conflict between people. A peacemaker is someone who is filled with the peace of God and extends that peace to others, both in the home and in the world.
We see this work out in Scripture: “A soft answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1), “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15), “And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace” (James 3:18). When we looked at how the meek will inherit the earth and “delight themselves in abundant peace” (Psalm 37:11), we saw how God’s peace produces more peace. Walking in the Spirit (peace is characterized by the fruit of the Spirit- see Galatians 5:22), means that our whole manner of being is submitted to the power of God, and He gives us His peace as only He can give.
As we become more filled with God’s peace, we are then able to share this peace with others. How can we know and grow in God’s peace? Meditating on His Word is a start. “Great peace have those who love Your law; nothing can make them stumble” (Psalm 119:165). We are promised that having an attitude of prayer where we are focusing our hearts on the Lord, giving thanks unto Him not allowing anxiety to fester then God’s peace, “which surpasses all understanding, will guard [our] hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7).”
As we walk in God’s peace, we will become peacemakers. Ask God to fill you with His peace and pray that He will grant you opportunities to be a peacemaker for others. This begins in your home. A kind word, a gentle tone, a loving response, a comforting word of encouragement, and biblical instruction are ways that we can be peacemakers at home. We can be peacemakers at work. A submissive will, a listening ear, a calm word of reassurance, and sharing the gospel of peace are ways that we can extend peace in our workplace. God’s peace is available to us, if we are sons and daughters of God. Peace is a part of the package of faith. It is the fruit of the Spirit’s work in our lives. So, seek peace, God’s peace, and look for ways today to give the peace that has been given to you. Pass the peace on!