This poem is based on the seventh of The Beatitudes in Matthew chapter 5 verse 9 ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.‘ This Beatitude has a clear practical meaning – working toward peaceful living with ourselves, and others and being at peace with God. Throughout history, the cry for peace continues to echo across the world. Let us always pray and vote for leaders who pursue wisdom and world peace. Let us all strive for wisdom and peace in our homes and radiate them out into our individual worlds. Beverley Joy
Oh, the tragedy of one who cannot reason
To hum and haw about making a decision
Torn between Yeah and Nah
To whom inner peace will stay away.
We need global and religious peace
Politically and economically
In nations, countries, states, and cities
Local communities, homes, and heartbeats.
Peacemaking is not the sole responsibility
Of the United Nations, organisations, or politicians
Peace comes to all people who agree
Or through civility, agree to disagree.
Peacemaking is not ‘peace at any price’
It’s not just the absence of war and conflict
Peace is the presence of right relationships
Without these there is only a false peace.
A truce is but a restraint, a peaceful break
Peace is achieved when the truth is made clear
When the issue is settled, two parties embrace
When the problem is fixed, peace is achieved.
God’s wisdom is pure and peaceable
It is gentle and willing to be reasonable
It is full of mercy and grace
Without partiality or hypocrisy.
Righteous fruit is sown in peace by those who are peacemakers
Love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness,
Faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
Growing peace in both the world and our souls.
Hatred, suspicion, and fear, must be rooted out
And the weeds of distrust and greed
Then good fruit planted and cultivated
To produce tolerance and acceptance.
Peace regained in the human heart
Peace regained on the earth
Peace regained in the heavenly realm
Peace regained between mankind and God.
Peace does not exist in a vacuum
The world vibrates to the heart of man
Whether we pursue war and greed
Or goodness and world peace.
The Bible doesn’t tell us to do nothing
Or to evade issues, errors or wrongdoing
God’s peace conquers these things
By loving our neighbour through listening and caring.
Peacemakers do not appease or compromise
Their selfish desires, they don’t prioritize
Neither do they demand their rights
They build bridges between the parties aligned.
Peacemakers are not defensive or self-protective
Never baneful, they don’t give excuses
They accept responsibility for their actions
Looking to strengthen relationships.
Peacemakers don’t gossip or push to be first
Nor possess a proud heart to stir up strife
They reflect the peaceful nature of God
Bearing up one another in love.
We know true peace when we live at peace
With God and our neighbour
And our thoughts and actions harmonize
In passionate pursuit as a peacemaker.
Beverley Joy © 2021 Simply Story Poetry
Read or listen to other poems in this series: You can read or listen to other poems in this series The Beatitudes of Jesus – An Introduction, Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit? Blessed Are Those Who Mourn? Blessed Are The Meek? Blessed are Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness? Blessed are the Merciful? Blessed are the Pure?
Matthew 5:1-12 The Zondervan NASB Study Bible copyright © 1999 Zondervan
Bible references: 1 King 18:21, James 3:17, Heb 12:14, Jerm 8:11, James 3:18, Mark 3:25, Ps 85:10, Mat 5:25 Mark 9:50, Prov 28:25