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Peacemakers, not Peacekeepers

I am a follower of Jesus because his life matched his message. I have been impressed with charismatic leaders who can capture a crowd with speeches and promises only to find his life is nothing like his message. Jesus lived everything he taught...even his promise he came to "give up his life as a ransom for many." (Mark 10:45)

Jesus stepped out of obscurity into the messianic limelight and taught, "Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9) What is it about being a peacemaker that gains someone such a title or reputation? Follow Jesus and find out. To gain the reputation as a child of God, you need to know these things about who Jesus blessed that day.

Peacemaking is not the same as peacekeeping. Jesus did not walk into hostile situations or broken relationships and ask, "Why can't we all just get along?" and broker so-called peace. Nor, did he avoid century-old prejudices by walking around a neighborho…