“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.”
Peace, blessed peace. It is what we long for, what we hope for, and it is what we have with God in Christ – “being justified by faith, we have peace with God.”
Peace is more than the absence of conflict. It is more than an armed truce. It is true reconciliation, atonement. God has no more argument with us. We have done what he wanted us to do. We have confessed and agreed with him about the truth – that we are sinners in need of a savior and that Christ is that savior. That is all that he wants, and, if we will continue in that truth, he will work wonders on our behalf. If we but hold on to the truth, he will perfect us in Christ; he will make us just like his Son. We will have the same intimate relationship with the Father that Christ enjoys. We will hear his voice and know his heart.
The heart of God: “peace on earth to those on whom his favor rests.” The only reason God ever goes to war is to prevent the violent from disturbing the peace of his children.
Our heritage: a Father that loves us so much that he is willing to shake heaven and earth to ensure that his children live in safety and security. Also, it is our inheritance. “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.”
God loves those that have forsaken violence to walk in obedient trust, suffering when necessary for the sake of Christ and his Gospel. The end result will be a world without conflict, peace loving believers living in harmony with the Father and all of his creation.
What is it going to be like living in a stress free utopia in which there will be perfect order and harmony?
We can have a foretaste now as we give our lives to Christ and commit to loving our neighbor as ourselves. At some point, the vision will become the dream, and all those who hate peace will be removed from the scene, so that only the lovers will be left standing. “God will be with us and walk among us. He will be our God, and we will be his people.”
~ Brad Heilhecker