There are times when my wife will say to my son, “You act just like your father”, or “You are your father’s son”. What is she saying? That my son is acting in a manner that reminds her of me (and usually not in a good way). But occasionally my son will do something good and my wife will smile and say to me, “He acts just like you.” Those times make me proud as a Dad because my son learned something good from observing my behavior. Now consider this statement from Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:9.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
When we act as peacemakers, we are acting just like our heavenly Father. Therefore we will ‘be called the sons of God.’ Why is that? God made the ultimate sacrifice to make peace between Himself & mankind.
We act like our heavenly Father when we tell others how they can be at peace with God through Jesus Christ. “…God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:18–20, ESV)
We act like our heavenly Father when we go the extra mile to be at peace with others. “So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” (Matthew 5:23–24, ESV) Note that reconciliation with others takes priority over service offered to God.
We act like our heavenly Father when we help others be at peace with one another. “I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I ask you also, true companion, help these women” (Philippians 4:2–3a, ESV)
James 3:18 tells us peacemakers will reap a harvest of righteousness.
Are you a peacemaker? Do your actions and reactions to things in life make for peace or division?
Be like your heavenly Father: Be a peacemaker.
Further reading: Rom. 12:16-21; James 3:18; 4:1-12; Rom.5.1-11;
David Harris is the Senior Pastor at Faith Baptist Church. A former programmer, in his free time he enjoys spending time with his wife Kim and trying his hand at the illusive craft of smoking meat.