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Peacemakers Not Peacekeepers blog post by Jake Hamilton

PEACEMAKERS NOT PEACEKEEPERS

“Blessed are the peacemakers…” That’s the call. From Isaiah 9 to Matthew 5, peace is the sign of sonship. Jesus, the son of God is called the “Prince of Peace”, and we are called to be peacemakers if we want to be “sons of God”. There is something about humility and the fearless devotion to something that causes you to fight for it in a way that brings resolution and relationship the divine characteristics of reconciliation and redemption not war and violence. To be a son meant you had a rightful place of inheritance within your father’s legacy, that you knew the value of your lineage and the abundance of your father. You didn’t have to fight for scraps or defend what he was offering, you knew it was yours and from that assurance you could exude peace.

I think the violence of masculinity and our fascination with war is simply the manifestation of our lack of trust in God and the belief that if we lay our lives down, we won’t receive in an inheritance but be taken advantage of.

I want to remind us in this Christmas season, that our goal is not to keep the peace or to go to war for what we believe, those two sides require no maturity and no mystery, you won’t find real strength of devotion or character in either of those ways of thinking or behaving. The real power of a man is found in his ability to embrace tension and recognize that he can stand firm in what he knows to be true about himself and his father, that provides him with the ability to remain unmovable and unshakeable regardless of the cost because he knows who he is and that his inheritance is assured.

As sons we do not have to prove or earn our status, the father simply says, “this is my beloved son, in Him I am well pleased”, another way of saying it is, “This is my son. I love him and I am proud of him”. The longing of every man ever born is to hear that from their father. Something in us, whether we know it or not, is always searching for those words from the heart of a father and you will know you have it when you have peace.

I know it’s crazy busy right now, but attempt to slow down this season, recognize that you are loved and that your father is proud, regardless of your performance or behavior, he loves you and you cannot be loved any more or any less than you are right now. He broke through all space and time to let you know that and to demonstrate that through His son Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

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