Without a Peacemaking community present as an example to the world, the world has no choice but to resort to violence.
Peacemaking is a habit developed by learning to speak truthfully to one another and bear with one another forgivingly. If we do not do this, we are dominated by the world, and we will not love one another.
If we love one another, it is not because we have affection for one another, but because we forgive one another’s sins.
Christian love looks like the manifestation of this forgiveness, we must lay down our lives for others and brave the sufferings of unity and love, this is the only way our love will grow deeper. Disciples are the people who maintain fellowship where others would break it off, but they do so in the unity of purpose that is carrying the cross of Christ in our life as a community. If we cannot develop this habit our community will not be known as one that bears the name “Sons of God.” Peace is how God reclaims creation, that’s how He goes about setting things right.
Peacemaking is not just for the holy individuals but is the task that allows us to be recognized together as the community that are the sons of god. Individually we fail to make peace at all times, but that does not mean that together we fail to achieve this, because together we can make it known that peace and not discontent, peace and not bitterness, peace and not the sword are how we live our lives, and we are willing to bear the crosses necessary to make that happen.
Confessing another has hurt you is a cross bearing not sword bearing action. When it’s done rightly it’s an act of surrender to the other, it’s making yourself vulnerable to them, and to God, so that He might be your peace in it. The reason Jesus charges us with confrontation is because being a forgiving people, requires it. If we openly share in a life together that acknowledges shortcomings, failures and griefs it will draw the various strands of us together into something that is not easily broken. When we learn to forgive, we’re participating in the peace of God, because God’s peace is our forgiveness.
We must remember that God’s messiah rightly suffered to establish peace. That peace transforms us, and shows the world what sort of God we believe in. When we live this peace we are showing the world what it means to be a Christian, and just what kind of life we truly believe is possible united under this Jesus of Nazareth.
He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. – Isaiah 2: 2-4 (KJV) It’s time to beat our grievances into repentance, and our selfish holding onto pain into forgiveness, the only way that happens is with lots of work, and imagination, but it can be done. That’s what it means to have peace in the Spirit.
The peace that passes all understanding, and the peace that flow from us are one and the same, they’re a peace bought at the cost of a crucified Jesus who makes peace in the cross. We will only learn to make peace when this cross is present and living in the community of them who gather around and receive their life from His crucifixion. Blessed are the peacemakers is not a suggestion, but one of the core meanings of what it is that the church embodies. Either we live this together as a community, or we are not the church. Blessed are the peacemakers is non-negotiable, it’s gospel. Where forgiveness abounds, it is there that the people are blessed.