Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God.
This matter of “peace” between you and me—what is going on between us—is important to God. God created and designed life to be relational. To cut yourself off or to be cut off from others is to be cut off from life itself. Being alone takes you to misery.
We sometimes wonder why we get so miserable even though we have so much. The Bible talks about being blessed and happy… “But I do not always feel blessed, and I do not always feel happy.” This verse hints why.
After Jesus’ resurrection, the first words out of His mouth were these: “Peace be with you.” Paul says we are to be diligent to preserve “the bond of peace” between us (Ephesians 4:3). So why do we struggle so much with preserving this peace?
Some of us just do not know how to do it. Others do not realize how important it is, not only to us but to the Lord. And some of us have tried, and then been burned by the repercussions that followed our attempts. Peacemaking can be risky business.
Our efforts at resolving conflicts come down to this: Why am I doing it? Is it to make or keep a friend? Or to make a disciple of Jesus Christ?
When the conflict is there, you are not helping your brother or sister at all by leaving it alone. The blessing is on the peacemaker, not the peace-lover. The peace-lover runs from conflict and confrontations. The peacemaker meets it and resolves it, as much as he’s able to do so.