“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” – Jesus (Matthew 5:9)
Peacekeeping and peacemaking are two very different things. Peacekeepers try to maintain an environment where no offense occurs. They don’t resolve the underlying conflict, but merely keep a peaceful appearance on the outside. Peacemakers, on the other hand, do the arduous task of uncovering wounds and addressing them with vulnerability, honesty, and authenticity. Though it is painful, peacemaking ultimately produces healing.