Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
To most people, peace simply means the absence of noise, strife or chaos. If there are no wars, we say the world is at peace; or if we are away from the everday clamor, we say it is peaceful. But peace in the Bible is so much more.
In the Old Testament, peace (Shalom) means "wholeness, completeness, harmony of life." In the New Testament the Greek word for peace means "inner well-being." So, peace can be defined as "inner calm, even in the midst of outward turmoil or calamity." This is experienced when one is in harmony with God, self and others. Peace mentioned in the Bible carries the idea of reconciliation. When reconciled, love takes place of hatred. A peacemaker works to replace hatred and strife with love and unity.
The Bible speaks of Jesus as the Great Peacemaker in Ephesians 2:11-16. It shows how he destroyed the hostility that separated Jews and Gentiles in one body. Jesus changed the world through peacemaking!
Just like Jesus dedicated his own life to peacemaking, we follow his example and bring peace to the world that is true and eternal, all people reconciled to God through Jesus Christ.
At Rockport it is our mission to make peace by sharing the good news of God's great love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ.
Jesus said, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives.
(John 14:27). Our job is to spread the peace that Jesus gives. This is work for us all.