A Study of Matthew 5:9
“Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God”
It is wonderful to consider that the Lord blesses one to be a peacemaker. When one is blessed to that extent, he feels that peace within his soul. He is blessed with the indwelling Spirit of God within himself.
“ . . . he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.”
The Spirit of truth, Holy Ghost, or Comforter dwells within the children of God.
One may pretend (outwardly) to be a peacemaker and still not know anything about the peace of God within his heart. One may pretend to love God, love the brethren and manifest an humble spirit and still not know anything about the love of God.
The following Scriptures describe those that only have a head knowledge and do not know anything about the love of God within their hearts: “ …because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.” (II Thessalonians 2:10).
“Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”
“For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
(II Peter 2:21-22)
One who only has a head knowledge of certain biblical doctrines cannot be a true peacemaker, can he?
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.” (John 14:27)
The Spirit of God blesses one with the love of God that is felt within, and he feels the peace within his soul that causes him to love others and to esteem others better than self.
“Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”
This wonderful feeling causes you to praise the Lord, does it not?
The Scriptures are inspired by the Word of God, and there is a purpose in all Scripture and there is profit in them.
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
(II Timothy 3:16)
The Lord has a purpose in all exhortations that are mentioned in the Scriptures, as well as doctrine, instruction, etc.
Why do the Scriptures exhort us to follow the things that make for peace?
Please think on that question.
May the Lord bless us to examine ourselves:
Do we have the desire to seek after peace and to do that which is acceptable in the sight of the Lord?
If we have that desire to seek after peace, then we do not desire to “keep something going on or rocking the boat”, arguing, meddling into other people’s business, etc.
Are we contentious?
If we love arguments, then we keep adding “fuel to the fire” in any situation. That being true, our works do not prove we are peacemakers.
If we have the desire to seek after peace, then we will not carry bad news or scatter seeds of discord.
That being true, then our desire is to follow this Scripture and give it our careful consideration:
“Where no wood is, there the fire goeth out; so where there is no tale-bearer, the strife ceaseth. As coals are to burning coals, and wood to fire; so is a contentious man to kindle strife.”
Webster says that strife means, “conflict, to struggle in opposition, to contend.”
What does an argument accomplish?
Arguments usually cause hard feelings, do they not?
A true peacemaker avoids arguments by not arguing.
“STRIVE not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm”.
“But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender STRIFES.”
(II Timothy 2:23)
Please notice the next verse: “And the servant of the Lord must not STRIVE: but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient.”
It is a wonderful feeling when the Lord blesses us to follow this Scripture: (No one can follow the teaching of the Scriptures unless he is led and directed by the Spirit of the Lord.)
“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
Have we been guilty of sowing seeds of discord among brethren? (Proverbs 6:19)
What causes one to be guilty of sowing seeds 0f discord?
Either, that is his nature and he does not know anything about the love of God, or else he has been caught in the wrong spirit or caught in the snare of the devil:
“giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils.”
(I Timothy 4:1)
“In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they MAY RECOVER THEMSELVES OUT OF THE SNARE OF THE DEVIL, who are taken captive by him at his will.”
(II Timothy 2:25-26)
A true peacemaker is blessed by the Lord to refrain from sowing seeds 0f discord.
The Scriptures speak against meddling into other people’s business. In other words, it is wise for one to mind or handle his own business and not meddle into other people’s affairs.
“He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.’
It is written, “ . . . let none of you suffer . . . as a busy body in other men’s matters.”
(I Peter 4:15)
Does not a busy body attempt to tend to other people’s business?
How and why does one suffer?
Does not this mean that God chastises the busybodies?
The true peacemaker is blessed by the Lord to overcome the temptation to be a busybody into other people’s business.
Since the Scriptures advocate that it is prudent and wise for one to mind his own business, then, a true peacemaker is blessed to take heed to these words that the Lord inspired:
“And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you.”
(I Thessalonians 4:11)
A true peacemaker is blessed with the grace of God to follow this Scripture:
“A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.”
What happens when we are guilty of offending one?
The Scriptures tell us what happens to an offended brother:
“A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”
May the Lord bless us with special grace to keep us from offending any of our brethren.
Do we love the presence of God, or do we love the prestige of men?
Why was this exhortation written:
“Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
A true peacemaker is blessed with a single eye to the glory and praise of the Lord.
Do we have the true love for our brethren?
If we do, then we will rejoice with them and weep with them, and we will overlook their faults.
“And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”
(I Peter 4:8; Romans 12:15)
If the Lord blesses us to follow these exhortations, then we are walking in the footsteps of Jesus who said:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.”
We show what we are by our walk. Let us ask ourselves these questions:
Do I have the love of God within my heart?
Do I really desire to see peace among the brethren?
Do we desire to seek after peace or do we take pleasure in seeing strife among brethren?
The brethren do not know what lies in our hearts, but the Lord knows.
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.”
Did not Jesus set the best example for a peacemaker?
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an EXAMPLE, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously;”
(I Peter 2:21-24)
“ . . . and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.”
(Psalm 69:9; and Romans 15:3)
It was for the love of His people that Jesus bore and took all that was placed upon Him.
Did not Jesus turn the other cheek?
“But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
May the Lord bless each of us to seek after the things that make for peace and carefully consider this Scripture:
“Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.”
May the Lord bless this article for the edification of the readers who will render all the praise, honor and glory unto the name of this wonderful God who has been so good to us.
By Woodrow W. Hudson