Peacemakers truly are blessed people, aren't they? Those who bring peace into the places they live, work, study… they are just refreshing to be with. Because peace is often so elusive in our world. And those who steal peace wherever they go are plentiful. There should be a law against disturbing the peace. Oh, there is?
Disturbance of the peace, or breach of peace, is unlawful behavior that jeopardizes another person’s “right” to peace and tranquility. When the line is crossed into this territory of misdemeanor, the penalties range from fines to community service—even jail time—depending on local laws. A few examples of this misbehavior are fighting, using offensive words to promote violence, persistent harassment or bullying, playing music too loudly, or a dog barking incessantly—among other examples. A few things that are not considered a violation of these laws? Horseplay, annoying or embarrassing others, accidentally bumping into someone, even showing obscene finger gestures. I guess I’ll leave it to people smarter than myself to determine “guilt” in this subjective legal corner of the world.
Do you know a disturber of the peace? Your peaceful little corner is going to be rocked when they invade your space. Maybe it’s someone you don’t enjoy. Or who requires you to extend grace. They want something more than you want to provide. It might be patience. Or the sacrifice of a peaceful moment alone with your thoughts. We know that, as followers of Jesus, we ought to be willing to extend patient grace and be a person of peace for others. But the fact is, we live in a world where our level of peace can be rocked, not just by other people, but also by anything from circumstances to hunger to lack of sleep.
No, we need a different wellspring of peace if we are going to grow into peacemakers who delight our Good Father. It’s not about trying harder to become peaceful people. These children of God, the peacemakers we read about in Matthew 5:9 above receive peace from One Source… and that is the only way they can serve as conduits of the peace that God pours into them.
Ask Jesus to grow you as a peacemaker, to extend the same grace He has given to you in spite of your quirks, flaws, or faults.