Peace-keepers or peace-makers?

Matthew 5:9                  “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

 

James 1:6                     “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.”

 

Ephesians 4:15              “…but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ.”

There is a vast difference between keeping the peace and making peace, though at times the lines can get blurred.  However, if we really wish to get it right, then we have to pray for wisdom and a spirit of discernment.  “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:6).  The real difference between peace-keeping and peace-making, when one gets down to it, often resides in the degree or level of compromise.
Peace-keepers are those who desire to see peace happen at virtually any cost.  The ultimate goal in their minds is the peace, and they may be willing to sacrifice other values and principles in order to attain or maintain it.  Peace for the moment is the aim, whether or not the issue at hand gets addressed or not; therefore the level of compromise is high.  On the other hand peace-makers, though they generally enjoy peace just as much as peace-keepers, are willing to risk the temporary peace to get to the heart of the matter.  Truth is paramount to a peace-maker, even more important than the peace itself.  They understand that the truth will ultimately lead to a much more lasting peace, consequently the level of compromise tends to be low.
In the beatitudes, found in the first few verses of Matthew 5, Jesus addressed the peace-makers and said they will be called sons of God.  They advance the cause of peace where there is no peace.  They have learned to confront and get to the truth.  There is no avoidance of the situation; there is no sweeping malintent under the rug as if it isn’t there.  A peace-maker exhibits courage and love in confrontation, balances justice and mercy with wisdom, and discerns the whole truth amidst a load of half-truths.  Their people skills are in high gear.
There have been many peace-keepers who have won the Nobel Peace Prize, and they are nice to have around at times; however, it takes a son of God to be a peace-maker, and they are worth their weight in gold.