David Bast

READ : Matthew 5:9

When he uttered this famous beatitude, Jesus certainly touched upon a glaring need. Whether it is a diplomatic initiative in the Middle East or Allied forces in Bosnia or even just a wise and mature adult to referee between two squabbling children, our world has a pressing need for peacemakers.

Why is this? The problem is that there’s something wrong with us, deep down inside in our very nature. The Bible calls it sin. Before we can have peace with each other, we need to be reconciled with God. But peace with God is not a work we can do for ourselves. Only God can do it. The good news of the gospel is that he has done it in the person of Jesus Christ. “Through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross” (Col. 1:20).

Peace with God is only the beginning. What Jesus is talking about here has more to do with person-to-person peace. He’s concerned with the need for healing in human society and relationships. He wants his followers to become a fellowship of peace-makers, bringing people back together.

It’s hard to be a peacemaker. It’s even dangerous. But is it worth it? It is if you want to be a child of God!


Father, help us to be busy doing what you do. Make us agents of peace. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.