Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
Matthew 5:9 CEB
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I grew up Mennonite, so peace has always been an important part of my faith. I’ve always known that peacemakers are blessed. But, I haven’t always understood what it means to be a peacemaker. I think the translation used by the Common English Bible makes it easier to understand. It’s not enough to be peace-havers. We are supposed to be “people who make peace”.
Being a person who makes peace seems like an overwhelming job. Our world is overflowing with hatred and violence. For a long time, I thought peacemakers were supposed to bring peace to the entire world. What I’ve come to realize is that we’re called to make peace where we are. Are two co-workers battling it out and you could help mediate? Is there a person you’ve been fighting with and you could reconcile? Is someone you know stressed out because they’re struggling to pay utilities and you have a little extra money that could lift that burden? We shouldn’t limit ourselves by thinking too big when it comes to making peace. There are many everyday opportunities for us to be children of God
Please help me become a maker of peace. Show me ways that I can bring peace to people in my life.
Kristy is an ex-Mennonite adult PK who blogs about life, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, active pacifism, and wandering through the spiritual wilderness at kristyburmeister.com. She is a wife and mother of two daughters