Peace and Happiness

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God”
Matthew 5:9 (ESV)
 
What does it mean to be “blessed”? The simplest definition is “happy”. The Greek word used in the Bible for “blessed” is quite literally, “happy”.

Look at the verse again. This time replace “blessed” with “happy”.
“Happy are the peacemakers…”

Notice what Jesus doesn’t say. He doesn’t say, “Happy are the peace lovers.”—few people don’t love peace. Nor does he say “Happy are the peaceable.”—those who never get disturbed by anything. Jesus says, “Happy are those who make peace.”—who actively seek to resolve conflict.
What kind of happiness does peace making bring?

Consider this…when are you most happy in your relationships? Is it when you are fighting or when you are getting along?

I’m going out on a limb to guess you answered “when you are getting along”.

When are you most happy in your relationship with God? I’m going to guess it’s when you and God are getting along as well.

True happiness is found when we have peace with God and when we live at peace with others.
Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Through faith in Jesus we have peace with God. The Bible goes on to speak of how we have peace with each other:

“And those who are peacemakers will plant seeds of peace and reap a harvest of righteousness.” James 3:18

“Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.” Romans 12:18

“Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Hebrews 12:14

Living at peace with others is work. However, it is a work that leads to the truest sense of happiness. To be happy is to be relationally healthy…living at peace with God and in peace with others.