Peacelovers or Peacemakers?

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

From William Barclay’s commentary on Matthew, p.125

The blessing is on peacemakers, not necessarily on the peacelovers. It very often happens that if people love peace in the wrong way, they succeed in making trouble and not peace. We may, for instance, allow a threatening and dangerous situation to develop, and our defence is that for peace’s sake we do not want to take any action. There are many people who think that they are loving peace, when in fact they are piling up trouble for the future, because they refuse to face the situation and to take the action which the situation demands. The peace which the Bible calls blessed does not come from the evasion of issues; it comes from facing them, dealing with them and conquering them. What this beatitude demands is not the passive acceptance of things because we are afraid of the trouble of doing anything about them, but the active facing of things, and the making of peace, even when the way to peace is through a struggle.

As elders, we try to be peacemakers within the body which sometimes means we cannot be peacelovers.  Though none of us like conflict, we have to open up obvious issues so that there can be true peace based on righteousness. We must, in fact, fight for peace. As shepherds of New Covenant, let us make sure that we are making peace not merely loving peace.

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