9 And blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Jesus was a peacemaker. He continually worked to diffuse tension between people. For example:
- When Martha complained that Mary wasn’t helping with food preparation, He both acknowledged Martha’s feelings and endorsed Mary’s actions: “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her” (Luke 10:41-42).
- When James and John requested special status in the kingdom of God, the other apostles were annoyed at them. Rather than criticize either group, Jesus sat them all down to teach them about humble service: “Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all” (Mark 10:42-44).
Today, I will strive to follow the Savior’s example and be a peacemaker. I will respect the people around me and will strive to understand their motivations and concerns. I will maintain my calmness even when people around me are anxious or angry, and I will seek to help them calm their emotions in order to avoid contention with other people.