Barclay Viewforth Church congregation on Blackford Hill

Blessed are the peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”

It’s been 100 years since the start of the First World War, supposedly the ‘war to end all wars’, and yet even today our world is embroiled in conflict. Will we ever learn?

Do you know that there has been only one period in history when the world was at peace for 365 days in a row? In fact of the 3600 years of recorded history 8000 peace treaties have been made. 8000 peace treaties have been broken in one way or another, and over 14,000 wars have been fought. How then can we make peace in a world where violence is often used to win an argument, a fight or a war?

This Beatitude is a fair indication that we are challenged to be peacemakers, even though some of us find it difficult at times. Even when we might feel hard done by Christ still asks us to turn the other cheek and if we do then our reward will be even greater than we can imagine…..to be called sons of God. ..in His image

Peacemakers are not pacifists – this can be illustrated by means of a simple example…..take a screaming baby. Sometimes a parent will choose to give a baby what we call a dummy, but what our Americans friends call a pacifier. This pacifier will work for a short period of time but does not ultimately bring the sought after peace that the household is craving. This cannot be achieved until the real source of the baby’s crying is investigated and a solution found – be it a change of nappy, some food or some medicine for sore gums. Once the demands have been met then peace will be restored.

So it is with life – we can go some way to pacifying people in difficult situations but until the root treatment is dealt with peace cannot ultimately be found. Jesus calls us to find out the source of troubles and to help sort them out.

Edmund Burke wrote, ”All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing”. We are called on to be active peacemakers so that good can triumph over evil.

  • In remembering those who paid the ultimate sacrifice 100 years ago pray for peace.
  • Give thanks for those who laid down their lives that we might live in freedom.
  • Pray for those whose lives are still affected by conflicts of the past
  • Pray for the United Nations and other world leaders as they seek to bring peace to areas where there is none.

May the peace of Christ be with you and those whom you love.

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