“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the Son’s of God” (Mathew 5: 9)
The world is full of conflict. Yet in the midst of the hostility, God’s children are called to promote peace. The Lord Himself is a peacemaker; He detests meaningless wars, and abhors senseless aggression. Many who share His heart also share His mission; to bring harmony where there is hatred and tranquility where there is contempt. Those who choose to make peace will inherit the eternal blessings offered to the “Son’s (and daughters) of God.”
As the story goes, in the 4th century A.D., a monk named Telemachus felt God calling him to go to Rome. He packed up his meager possessions and set out for the great city. When he arrived, the streets were bustling with excitement. He asked why everyone was so energized; he was informed that the gladiators would soon be fighting to the death in the coliseum. Horrified that men would be killing one another for sport, he headed to the stadium. After entering, he pushed through the crowds, hopped a fence, and made his way to the center of the arena. As he stood between the two gladiators, he shouted, “In the name of Christ, stop.” The crowd began to yell, “Run him through…Run him through.” A gladiator approached the monk and struck him in the stomach with the back of his sword. Telemachus fell to the ground, but soon recovered. Once again he placed himself between the two armed men and shouted, “In the name of Christ, stop.” Suddenly the other gladiator approached the monk and plunged his sword in to his belly. Telemachus fell to the ground and began to bleed out. Before dying, he was able to utter one last statement; “In the name of Christ, stop.” A hush came over the crowd. Suddenly, a single man stood up and left the stadium; followed by another; and another. Within minutes all 80,000 people had exited the coliseum. That was the final gladiatorial contest in Roman history.
The people of God are called to be peacemakers, no matter the consequence. When others are silent we must speak up. Where there is discord we must bring harmony; where there is conflict we must promote peace. In so doing we will be called ‘The children of God,’ and will come to experience the many blessings reserved for those who remain faithful.
“Lord Heavenly Father, we long for obedience; may we share the desires of Your heart. May we love others as You do. May You continually use us to promote peace and to end conflict. Give us the courage and the strength to speak up when others fall silent; may we be Your sons and daughters, and may we experience the blessings of genuine obedience. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name, Amen.” God bless all of you.