Matthew 5:9 (NIV) “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” This is one of the eight beatitudes taught by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. We may ask ourselves what are beatitudes? Beatitude is a possession of all things held to be good, from which nothing is absent that a good desire may want.it is the opposite of misery.
Peace “is a concept of societal friendship and harmony in the absence of hostility and violence. In a social sense, peace is commonly used to mean a lack of conflict (such as war) and freedom from fear of violence between individuals or groups”.it can also be said to be freedom of the mind from annoyance, distraction, anxiety, an obsession or a state of tranquility or serenity. Jesus gives us peace (john14:27) “peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.”
A peacemaker can be said to be someone who makes peace by reconciling parties that are at variance or one who re-establishes friendly relations. For one to qualify to be called a child of God then s/he must be a peacemaker. In this the nemo dat rule applies; “no one gives what he doesn’t have.” For one to make peace with others s/he must have peace from the inner self.
Inner peace refers to “a deliberate state of psychological or spiritual calm despite the potential presence of stressors.” The daily tussle of life subjects us to stressors from all directions. At home stress from imperfect life partners, children, parents, domestic workers, unsettled bills, etc. at work: unmanageable workloads, unrealistic expectations from employers, low incomes, etc. all these things and many more tend to disturb our inner peace. Does this mean that we cannot experience inner peace? The answer is NO! If anything these stressors do not bother us but rather we are the ones who bother them.
Inner peace ought to be cultivated. Puff R. says that to experience inner peace we need to “Be in nature.” Being in nature simply means an environment that fosters stillness and silence. Inner peace is built in an environment of silence. This might sound ridiculous bearing in mind how our many people’s working environment looks like. But look,” silence is not a function of what we think of as silence. It is when my reaction is quite. What is silent is my protest against the way things are. “we all need moments of silence to simply focus our minds and eyes on the sky, a plant, observe maybe a flowing river, listen to the wind, etc. all this aimed at silencing our inner self. When this is done more often it becomes part of us and the more we do it the more we develop inner peace.
St Francis of Assisi pleads with God to make him an instrument of his peace in his prayer “Lord make me an instrument of your peace.” This prayer should always be on our lips we who wish to be called the children of God. And not only should we be saying but also doing. How do we become peacemakers??
Colossians 3:13 – Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive Forgiving is one of the basic elements towards the achievement of peace. Forgiveness is a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance toward a person or group who has harmed you, regardless of whether they actually deserve your forgiveness. When we forgive we free ourselves from roots of bitterness thus paving way for peace. It is worth noting that it is not necessarily that we are asked for forgiveness for us to forgive but it should be our innate desire to forgive unconditionally in the interest of peace.
“If your brother or sister sins go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. (Mat 18:15) this basically means talking it out. This helps in freeing ourselves from feelings of bitterness. “Each of you, for himself or herself, by himself or herself, and on his or her own responsibility, must speak. “We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or any kind of problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.”
Rigidity refers to an obstinate inability to yield or a refusal to appreciate another person’s viewpoint or emotions characterized by a lack of empathy. If we always think of ourselves as the best we often find ourselves not tolerating others. This kind of attitude simply works against peace rather than for it. Moderating our own convictions to allow others to speak out theirs is noble. If we build enough walls we ought to build enough bridges to cross them.
I need to be called a child of God? I need to be peace itself. In this way, we will make heaven to be crowded which is a basic call for all of us.
Are you qualified for the title CHILD OF GOD? If not, strive for it.