DAY 11 – Are you a Peace Lover or a Peace Maker? | 21-Day Devotional on Jesus’ Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount

Saturday, February 11, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Are you a Peace Lover or a Peace Maker? 

[Text of the same lesson from the audio]

Matthew 5:9, Blessed are the peace-makers, for they shall be called children of God.

In Greek, the word for peace is eirēnē (εἰρήνη), and in Hebrew it is shalom. In Hebrew peace is not simply the absence of trouble. In the Bible peace means not only freedom from all trouble, it means enjoyment of all good.

Jesus did not say, “Blessed are the peace lovers.” He said “Blessed are the peace makers.” It is not enough to desire peace, but take no action to help bring it about. The spirit of peacemaking is being willing to act to bring about a better state for people.

William Barclay wrote, “The peace which the Bible calls blessed does not come from the evasion of issues; it comes from facing them, dealing with them, and conquering them. What this beatitude demands is not the passive acceptance of things because we are afraid of the trouble of doing anything about them, but the active facing of things, and the making of peace, even when the way to peace is through struggle.” (Barclay's Commentary on the New Testament:)

As I write, we are celebrating Black History Month in the United States. The work of leaders such as Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an excellent example of being a peace maker. Dr. King was not just a peace lover, he did actual work to bring peace to others. Ironically, the efforts of brave Americans and Christ followers in that era revealed the hatred of white supremacists as well as the indifference of people who were content to “love peace,” but do nothing.

“We must find new ways to speak for peace… for justice throughout the developing world, a world that borders on our doors. If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight.” (M.L. King, The Trumpet of Conscience, 1968)

The ultimate work of peacemaking, is helping people become reconciled to God, casting off their hostility to truth, rejection of light, and violence against the Holy Spirit through rebellion.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:14-16, For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation…so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace

Jesus' life became the testament of breaking down barriers that separated people from God. Jesus is the ultimate peacemaker.

How is being a peace-maker more than being a peace-lover?



• Message by Dr. Tony Evans, "Blessed Are the Spiritual Beggars" (Matthew 5:3)

• Follow this link to a resource from Zondervan Academic on the Beatitutes:

• Follow this link to a resource on the Beatitudes from BibleGateway:

• Follow THIS LINK (or copy/paste) to the web version of Barclay's Commentary on the New Testament:

THIS LINK is a downloadable PDF of Barclay's Commentary


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