No More Secrets
Scripture: Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
As we begin our journey to understand the seventh beatitude, I believe we need a clear understanding of peace. We must be careful not to see this as a “peace at any cost.” True peace does not come at the cost of truth! Jesus never taught, nor modeled, that we should compromise truth or turn our heads at sin in order to enjoy peace. This peace can, and often does, exist in the midst of external turmoil. Jesus modeled this when he went into the temple and turned the tables over. No one would characterize this as a peaceful approach or a peaceful atmosphere. Yet, Jesus was at peace even while He drove those dishonest money changers from the temple.
“Blessed are the peacemakers” is not a call to never get into conflicts or controversy. Acts 15:36-41 describes a conflict between the Apostle Paul and his missionary partner, Barnabas. They had such a sharp disagreement, according to verse 39, that they parted company. Also, consider the time the Apostle Peter was eating with some gentiles until he realized some of his Jewish friends had walked in. He stepped away from the gentile believers. The Apostle Paul confronted him and challenged him to admit and repent of that kind of hypocrisy. Being a peacemaker can involve some heated battles, but these battles are always over truths deemed worthy of the battle. Peacemakers solve problems. They get involved with unpleasant dilemmas in order to bring about peace-filled solutions. Notice the term peacemakers: those who, with great effort, make a tough situation peaceful again! This effort should never come at the expense of compromise.
Father, grant me the wisdom to deal with conflict in a Christ honoring way. In Jesus’ name, amen.