Peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Jesus

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13 comments on “Peacemakers

  1. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, James 3:17 Peacemakers who sow in peace, reap a harvest of righteousness. What does a peacemaker actually look like? Is it a pistol packing, rifle toten’ law man of the western movie genre? Colt manufactured a gun called the peacemaker that supposedly won the west. The Webster dictionary defines peacemaker as “a person, group, or nation that tries to make peace, especially by reconciling parties who disagree, quarrel, or fight.” Man in his flawed wisdom has tried for centuries to legislate peace in the world. We see how that’s worked.

    I have pondered the meaning of peacemaker for years and still don’t have a good answer. Peace seems to an elusive concept for me to understand fully. I often wonder if contentment and peace are linked. The woes of the world continually bite at my personal peace and contentment. Personally, I believe that peace can only come from within inspired from above.

    Just some thoughts from the mind of an old Urban Farmer. 🙂 Have a great sunny warm Virginia day from brrrrr cold -3 degrees Nebraska.

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    • Bill says:

      I agree there is a sense of personal peace that comes from contentment. But in this context I think the idea is peace in a community or society (or on the whole world) and those getting the blessing are those who are working to reconcile hostile parties. But of course if all people were content then there probably wouldn’t be any hostilities to resolve, so maybe it does all come back to contentment.

      The Roman empire claimed to be peacemakers (via the Pax Romana). They might even have called their spears and swords “peacemakers.” But I’m pretty sure when Jesus said that peacemakers would be called children of God, he wasn’t talking about weapons. 🙂

      It was sunny here today, but not warm. Temps in the 30s with a strong cold north wind all day. But that probably sounds pleasant by comparison to your minus 3. I don’t know how y’all can stand it. Makes me cold just thinking about it!

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  2. bobraxton says:

    human of / enemies / has no peace

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  3. I think Dave hit a nail there – I haven’t made the connection before, but I suspect he’s onto something with the idea that contentment and peace are related. Because the question that always bubbles up for me when I hear the word “peacemaker” is: how does one “make” peace? We seem to apply the concept of making peace along the lines of negotiation and compromise, but I suspect that the reason it doesn’t work, at least in the political/global scale is because there’s a lack of contentment with the portion of one side or the other (or both). To be satisfied with one’s lot in life is truly a blessed thing. Does that mean it’s wrong to be dissatisfied, to want to achieve betterment? At what point does bettering ones circumstances step past living as a peacemaker?

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    • bobraxton says:

      ◄ 7965. shalom ►
      Strong’s Concordance
      shalom: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
      Original Word: שָׁלוֹם
      Part of Speech: Noun Masculine
      Transliteration: shalom

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    • Bill says:

      It’s a great observation. Conflict is probably usually rooted in discontent.
      Of course there are some things with which we should never be content, like injustice, but if a wave of contentment should sweep over the world, carrying away greed and envy, then the world would be a much more peaceful place.

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