To be a peacemaker is to be one who loves in all the fullness of what it means to love. First, loving what is good, fun, and beautiful goes a long way towards making peace. Such love brings happiness and blessing into our lives and world. Second, loving and caring for others and letting them love and care for us also creates the health and wholeness of peace in our lives.
We start being peacemakers with our roots in these ways of loving, but we soon find that our roots need to go deeper and deeper into a way of loving that isn’t dependent on our preferences for fun or companionship. The loving we are then called to steps into the bad, miserable, and horrible of life and embraces those who are unloving and the uncaring. This kind of love works to create healing and wholeness, reconciliation and justice. This kind of love makes for peace. It’s the kind of love that Jesus has for us. It’s the love of God for the world. Letting this love and the peace it makes grow in our lives is how we love others as Jesus has loved us.