Peace Making and You

The oldest psalm in the bible is Psalm 29. The last verse (11) in that psalm says, “May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!”  The last word here is “peace.” 

The voice of God was heard at Jesus baptism; and in Mark's gospel that same voice demands that all should "listen to him." This same Jesus is the "Prince of Peace," using words borrowed from Isaiah. Hence, the very oldest poem in all of the Bible proclaims that the essence of God is peace, and because that is so we are called to be makers of peace too.

The seventh beatitude (Matt. 5:9) pronounces a blessing on peacemakers: “Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called sons of God.”  

A blessing is here pronounced on all who, having received reconciliation with God through the cross, now strive by their message and conduct to be instrumental in imparting this same gift to others. By word and example such peacemakers, who love God, one another, and even their enemies, promote peace also among men.

In a world full with the absence of peace, peacemakers are relevant, vital, and ought to be a dynamic force. Aspersions are frequently cast upon “the church” as if its influence in peace-making is pitifully insignificant. If, when the word “church” is used, the reference is to an institution in which dead orthodoxy prevails, the charge is probably valid. 

On the other hand, as Baker in his N.T. commentary says, if the reference is to “the army of Christ,”  that is, the sum-total of all true Christian soldiers, redeemed men and women of all generations, religions, and races who wage the Lord's battle against evil and for right and truth, the right reply to those aspersions is: “Without the influence of this mighty army how much worse would the world be?” 

True peacemakers are all those whose Leader is the God of peace (1Cor 14:33; Eph 6:15;    1 Thes 5:23), who aspire after peace with all men (Rom 12:18; Heb 12:14), proclaim the gospel of peace (Eph 6:15), and pattern their lives after the Prince of Peace (Luke 19:10; John 13:12-15).

If our Lord is the Prince of peace shouldn’t we be striving for this peace all the time? 

Pastor Robert Chew