Unlimited: The Kingdom of Heaven is for the Peacemakers
Feb 18, 2022 277
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God (Matthew 5:9, NIV).
This is the seventh of the beatitudes: and seven was the number of perfection among the Hebrews. Whoever desires perfect blessedness, so far as it can be enjoyed on earth, must reach this seventh blessing, and become a peacemaker.
There is a significance also in the position of the text. The verse which precedes it speaks of the blessedness of “the pure in heart” (v.8). Our peacefulness is never to be a toleration of evil.
Blessed are the peacemakers.
The verse that follows also seems to have been put there on purpose. “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness” (v.10). However peaceable we may be in this world, we will still be misrepresented and misunderstood. Even the Prince of Peace himself was “despised and rejected of men.”
In this way, the peacemakers are not blessed, but they are surrounded, before and after, with blessings.
Lord, give us grace to climb to this seventh beatitude! Purify our minds that we may be “first pure, then peaceable,” (James 3:17) and fortify our souls, that our peaceableness may not lead us into cowardice and despair, when we are persecuted for your sake. – Charles Spurgeon
Reflection: There are two types of people in the world: peacebreakers and peacemakers. Peacebreakers often have a victim mentality and think that they have to defend themselves by attacking others. Which one are you?