“Blessed are the peacemakers . . .” – Q&A #1

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: What is “peace”?

Answer: The dictionary explains that peace is freedom from war, quarrels, disagreements. Peace is a sense of harmony, serenity, calm, quiet, or tranquility. It is also an undisturbed state of mind, or absence of mental conflict. We need to consider, however, what Jesus had in mind when he told us to be makers of peace. Are we to look for opportunities to stop
arguments and quarrels among others? That may be necessary at times. But, first, we need
to know what true peace is, and how to obtain it for ourselves, within our own minds. We cannot make peace for others if we do not have it ourselves.

We read in the Bible that Paul wrote to the Romans:

“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.”

This gives us a hint that a mind focused on spiritual ideas is a mind at peace.
And Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“Peace is the promise and reward of rightness.”  (My. 278)

Here we learn that peace is also the result of right thinking and acting. A mind that swings between right and wrong could never remain at peace. This Beatitude tells us of the joy that
belongs to those who make peace. It is not enough for us just to desire a peaceful and calm experience on earth: we must work to make peace happen for all!

Practice: What does peace mean to you? Where would you like to see some peacemaking happen in your own life? What steps can you take towards peace?

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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