How To Be A Peacemaker (1)

Becoming a peacemaker requires, first, certain attitudes. Jesus described these in the Beatitudes which precede this one: Poverty of spirit: If we recognize that we have no inherent righteousness or virtue, then we shall approach others with humility, relying only on God to change them and bring reconciliation. Mourning for sin: Those who are sorry and sad for their own faults and failings, and who weep for the effects of sin upon others, will communicate sympathy and understanding. This will gain them a hearing. Meekness: The arrogant and assertive rarely succeed in making peace. The humble, quiet, patient person will be more likely to have a positive impact. Trusting in God rather than in himself, he will not seek to assert his rights but to see God’s will done. Hunger and thirst for righteousness. A clear passion for justice and what is right will more often gain respect and cooperation. If, on the other hand, we insist on our own rights or seek some advantage for ourselves or another party, reconciliation will elude us. Compassion and mercy. No one who condemns or criticizes others can expect to conquer resentment, bitterness, and conflict. Only those who are aware of how much they have been forgiven by God will be able to persuade others to pardon their enemies. Purity of heart. Motives are crucial. If we seek our own advantage – power, or prestige, or possessions, or pleasure – others will not listen to us or accept our attempts to make peace. If we are pursuing only the kingdom of God, we shall see more clearly and speak more persuasively.