Peace. It is a word man has been chasing after since the Garden of Eden. The word peace occurs 420 times in the KJV Bible. With this many mentions, I would say that it is important to God that His people understand what it means to live peaceably in this present world.
Our Scripture verse today is the 7th beatitude given by Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount. In the Scriptures, the number 7 represents perfection or completion. It is fitting that this is the last of the beatitudes that involve inward personal attitudes man should adopt to achieve a lifestyle that reflects the complete surrender of self in the pursuit of Jesus and His righteousness.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
A "peacemaker" is someone who is first at peace with God. With the adaptation of lifestyle to these beatitudes, the man or woman of God will then understand what it means to be in a state of peace so satisfying they long for others to enjoy such a inward peacefulness.
The Apostle Paul tells us how this state of peacefulness is above human comprehension. Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." The Apostle states that our God is "the God of peace" and in Him is the "peace that passeth all understanding". It is impossible for man to comprehend this sort of peace without the God of peace instilling it in the heart of the believer. Once this great peace is achieved we are to be ourselves peacemakers who promote the kingdom and keep peace in our land. At no other time have those who are called peacemakers been so reviled in our nation. The police used to be referred to as peace officers; men and women who chose the profession of police officer. When David was still on the force, a woman gave him a magnet with this beatitude on it. We all need to appreciate what these men and women do for us. They are our first line of defense against lawlessness and complete chaos.
God's blessing for those who pursue peace: "they shall be called the children of God."
In 1 John chapter 5 we read about those who are called "the children of God" or those who will show themselves by their lifestyles to be true followers of Christ. 1 John 5:1 "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. 5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"
When this 7th beatitude is etched in the heart of each of us then we will be true children of the Living God.
Have a great day!