Blessed are the Peacemakers

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Peace on Earth Part 1

 

I must confess that I am an avid Enneagram enthusiast. It is something that I talk about and think about often. For those unfamiliar with what I am talking about, the Enneagram is a Christian-based personality test that is separated into 9 different profiles. While at the same time exhibiting tendencies from different numbers, each of our personalities can be identified by one of the nine numbers. 

My enneagram happens to be the number nine. 

In a nutshell, nines are accepting, optimistic, and adaptive and they like peace and tend to avoid conflict. 

Nines do not like conflict whatsoever, and I find this to be very true about myself. For example, if I am at Disney with large crowds, I do everything in my power to walk around people and avoid walking straight into them, rather than waiting for others to make the first move to avoid conflict, I move out of the way.

I’ll do anything to avoid conflict, though I am actively working towards seeing conflict as a necessary part of growth. Despite what many (namely 1s, 3s, 6s, and 8s) may see as a weakness – avoiding conflict – nines have an ability of seeing the perspectives of others and in so doing can help others come together. 

That is why nines are known as the peacemakers. 

Matthew 5 shares with us what is called the beatitudes – the attitudes that we should be. One of those attitudes is that of a peacemaker. 

Matthew 5:9 says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” 

Now I don’t believe that Jesus is simply speaking to the Enneagram nines of the world when He is saying this. He is instead speaking to the reality that those who seek to make peace are considered God’s children. 

Those who are active in filling an environment and situation with peace are considered like God. 

Those who are not motivated by conflict and tension but rather by a restorative desire are God’s kiddos.

The reality is that force cannot awaken love, only love can awaken love. This is why Jesus came as a humble, and gentle baby and not as a mighty, conquering warrior. He was establishing a kingdom that is built on love and not force. Founded on peace and not coercion. All with the desire to awaken our hearts to His love and to draw us to Him. 

To the point where the angels that announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds said, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” (Luke 2:10)

The good news of Jesus’ birth and the gospel is not for a select few, but for everyone! And it is to bring joy to all people. The angels then continue to praise singing, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests” (Luke 2:14).

Peace and Jesus are connected. If we have Jesus, we have access to peace. So as Jesus calls us to be peacemakers in our contexts, we are called to be with and near Him, continually connected to Him.

God provides the peace that our hearts desires and then we are able to share that peace with those around us. We then become vehicles of peace that make way for relationships to be reconciled, restored, and filled with peace. 

During this holiday season, may our desire be to share the peace of God with those around us. May we desire to be makers of peace in our environments, creating spaces for healing and restoration to occur between each other and between God and us. 

How does the peace that Jesus brings look in your life? 

How can you be a peacemaker today?

 

Sebastian Lopez has been involved with Enspire Productions since 2010. He is pastoring in Palm Coast, Florida.