There are too many wars in the world, and the call for peace on earth is the right call. While the Middle East is boiling, there’s a war between Russia and Ukraine. Elsewhere, dirty politics, conflict, discord, and unrest, make the pursuit of peace a far-fetched ambition.
Within families too, both the nuclear and extended, it’s like a war front.
The heart of every peacemaker should long for the kind of peace that transcends circumstances and fills our lives with serenity and purpose.
But what do we see? Families, the basic unit of society are thrown into unending trauma. Lord have mercy.
Anchor Bible Verse of the Day on Peace on Earth
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.Matthew 5:9 (NKJV)
Matthew 5:9 is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, where He imparts valuable insights into the Kingdom of God. In this verse, He pronounces a blessing on those who actively pursue peace, labeling them “sons of God.”
Meaning, being a peacemaker doesn’t merely refer to the absence of conflict but rather the intentional efforts to restore harmony, resolve disputes, and foster reconciliation. It reflects God’s nature as the ultimate Peacemaker.
- Peacemakers: Those who actively work towards resolving conflicts, promoting harmony, and fostering peace.
- Sons of God: An expression signifying a close relationship with God.
Reflection on Peace on Earth
Our anchor verse encourages us to not merely be peace lovers but peacemakers, and this is a distinction worth exploring.
See, loving peace is a passive endeavor while making peace is an active pursuit. It’s about engaging in the challenging task of reconciliation, understanding, and empathy.
In Romans 12:18 we are taught to:
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Here, we are reminded that living peaceably is a shared responsibility. As followers of Christ, we have a unique calling to be agents of peace, addressing conflicts with love and understanding.
Today, the call to action is clear – let us actively seek opportunities to make peace in our lives and our world. This might involve resolving conflicts, bridging divides, or simply extending kindness to those in need.
Our pursuit of peace not only blesses us but also identifies us as children of God.
Reflection on Peace on Earth (Long Version). Click to read
As we ponder the words of Matthew 5:9, the theme of Peace on Earth gains deeper significance. Peace is more than the absence of war or conflict; it’s a state of harmony, wholeness, and reconciliation.
In a world scarred by strife, injustice, and division, the call to be peacemakers resounds with renewed urgency.
To be a peacemaker is to walk in the footsteps of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ. He came to restore the broken relationship between God and humanity and to bring reconciliation. His life, teachings, and ultimate sacrifice on the cross exemplified the essence of being a peacemaker.
By embracing His message and mission, we become instruments of His peace on Earth.
But how can we be peacemakers in a world filled with discord?
It begins with a transformed heart. To promote peace, we must first experience the peace of God within us. This inner peace is not contingent on external circumstances but flows from a deep relationship with God. As we allow His peace to fill our hearts, we can then extend it to others.
Peacemaking involves actively seeking opportunities to reconcile, heal, and bridge divides. It means being quick to listen and slow to speak, as James 1:19 advises.
Sometimes, it might entail initiating difficult conversations to resolve conflicts within families, friendships, or communities. Other times, it may involve advocating for justice and mercy in a world marred by inequality and oppression.
To be a peacemaker is to stand in the gap, much like the biblical figures who intervened to stop the wrath of God, and bring about reconciliation.
In our broken world, we have the privilege of standing in the gap between God and people, offering them the message of salvation and the hope of reconciliation.
One of the essential qualities of a peacemaker is humility.
Peacemakers don’t seek recognition or accolades but rather the well-being of others. They understand that being peacemakers is an expression of their identity as children of God, not a means of self-promotion.
Jesus, the ultimate Peacemaker, faced opposition, rejection, and persecution, yet He persevered in His mission. He calls us to do the same.
In a world that often rejects peacemaking efforts, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to be agents of change and reconciliation.
Call to Action
Today, I plead with you to reach out to someone you may have a conflict with or someone who could use your support.
Extend a hand of peace and reconciliation, offering understanding and empathy.
Prayer Points for Today
- A Heart for Peacemaking: Pray for a heart that seeks to make peace in your relationships and communities.
- Resolution of Conflicts: Ask for the wisdom and courage to address and resolve conflicts in your life.
- World Peace: Pray for peace in regions of conflict around the world.
Our Father, we thank You for the gift of Your peace and for calling us to be peacemakers. We pray for the wisdom, courage, and humility to actively promote peace in our lives and in the lives of those around us.
May our efforts reflect Your divine character and bring healing to a broken world.
In the precious and mighty name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
My prayer for you today: May your commitment to peacemaking become a catalyst for transformation, both in your life and in the world. As you actively seek peace, may you experience the profound joy of being called a child of God, and may your efforts bring about “Peace on Earth.”