When we sow peace, the light of Jesus shines into the world. The Bible reveals to us who God is, and one important aspect of His character is that the Lord loves peace and wants it to fill the earth. Read Jesus’ promise in John’s gospel: “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful” (John 14:27). We also learn that the Lord is a “God of peace” (Romans 15:33; Philippians 4:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 13:20), the Messiah is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and there is peace in heaven (Luke 19:38).
In light of all this, when Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers” in Matthew 5:9, we can understand why: To be a peacemaker is to reflect the image of our heavenly Father—using our breath, energy, and creativity to sow peace wherever the Spirit takes us.
Think about it
•What words, feelings, or situations do you associate with peace? When have you experienced peace as a gift from God?
•Read John 14:27 again. Can you think of fears or concerns that affect your ability to experience or demonstrate peace?
—Dr. Charles Stanley, In Touch Ministries