We live in a broken world. We live in a place which will often leave you feeling damaged and hurt. This world has very little peace, and that which it does have is incredibly hard to find. I am not a good person, and you probably aren’t either, but what does all of this mean? It means that you will get hurt, I will get hurt, and there’s just about nothing we can do to protect ourselves. But, there is something we can do! We can protect others. We can look at the pain they caused us and embrace them with love instead of fighting back and they will never know what happened. You see, the world teaches us that if someone hurts you, you should hate them. If someone cuts you off, you yell at them as you pass them later, or perhaps toss a highly disapproving glare their way if you’re not easily angered. But there is a better way! If we choose to break the cycle, we can make someone’s day, week, or maybe even their entire month! You never know just how badly they need to be forgiven, and they probably don’t either. More than that, forgiveness is the best way to get through things yourself. I am not saying you will have good karma because you will not. No, what I am saying is that when you forgive someone and reach out to them in love, God will change your perception of the problem. It is really hard to feel angry about something someone did when you’re not angry at them.
Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” All the other beatitudes, the verses from Matthew that is the topic of conversation for the blog this month, talk about what will happen to the people who exercise the virtues in the passages except for verse nine. Verse nine talks about who those people are. Not what will happen to them, what they will receive, or what they can do. It tells us who they are. They are the children of God! Well, it says they will be called the children of God, but obviously they will be just that, if they can pull this off. You cannot make peace with others if you are not at peace with yourself, and you will not achieve peace for yourself until God gives it to you. One of the things that will never cease to amaze me about Christ is just how much he forgave. Every Nazi, every Pharisee, every crime lord, and even me! He looked at all the sins we committed, and while the angels, demons and such were guessing at what our punishment would be, He knew that He would forgive us. He made peace with us when we were not capable of attaining it. That is exactly what we need to do. We need to forgive those who hurt us, because we actually can! We really do live in a broken world and the only one who can heal that world is Jesus. No other religion has a God who let himself be broken for the sake of men. Christ was broken so he could heal this broken world. We are no longer broken now, but this world still is. We have the responsibility, no, the privilege, to reach out to those tortured souls around us and show them the way to our God. So, now my question is this: Do you call yourself a child of God? Do you truly think of yourself as someone worthy of that title? Ask yourself if you truly are a peacemaker. Are you really the kind of person who not only forgives people, but looks for other ways to show them love after you have forgiven? Do not call a truce with people. Do not agree to go your separate ways and forget about each other. Show them what it feels like to be loved after they show you hatred and pain. We have been given so much. Is it really so hard to give just a little bit back? The answer is no. Every last one of your transgressions have been thrown as far as the east is from the west, and now we can live in peace with our God. Should we not show others how to find that same peace? How amazing would it be to sit in church as that bully from your school gives his first sermon? You can make peace with him to accomplish that. Be a peacemaker. Be a child of God.