Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
Our world is desperate for peacemaking people. For Jesus’ Jewish audience, the implications of His words are both national and personal. Their desire for a perfect kingdom would definitely be fulfilled. For years, Israel had failed to fulfill its mission to mediate peace between God and men. Israel’s Messiah will win the peace and call for His followers to reflect His heart of peace and once again gain the title “sons of God.” Personally, the challenge is just as difficult. Brothers and sisters deal righteously with hurts and frustrations toward each other. “Enemies” even receive unexpected treatment. Jesus calls each of us to initiate the process of reconciliation. Initiating peace is Christ-like and not beyond us as His followers.