When I read that at first I thought it was just talking about people who stopped arguments and generally wanted people to get along. Thinking about peace a bit more and reading that this is actually talking about people who actually make peace – not just stop quarrels – I’m coming to the conclusion that there’s a bit more to it than meets the eye.
In being a bridge for people to cross over from shattered life to a whole life we actually make peace. In being a bridge that builds relationships between people and between people and God we actually make peace.
This is not natural for us because by nature we look out for own interests and when we’re hurt we retreat into ourselves, protect ourselves and never really give ourselves to others. As a result we never really build relationships; we become easily offended, hold grudges against others, tell others that you can’t trust anyone – in other words we’re not natural peacemakers.
In as much as we act like this we don’t really reflect the nature of God who through Jesus broke all barriers and boundaries to express His Kingdom and rule of righteousness which is based on peace with God and each other. Again it goes a lot deeper than the rational and emotional approach to peace. It strikes at the very core of the spirit that was created to interact and engage with the Creator. And once we experience this peace – once we taste of it, it becomes only natural to want to share that with others. It’s like good news, you really want to tell everyone because it’s so good.
So when we forget about ourselves to look out for the best interest in others we reflect the same character as Jesus Christ who didn’t come to be served but to serve. That’s how we can be called the sons of God.
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