Blessed are the peacemakers said Jesus, for they will be called the sons of God.Why? Because they are obviously of a different blood line than mere men who areever war-like. Only God's kids can achieve peace in a war zone like this fallenworld. If you want people to know you are a child of God, one of the mostconspicuous ways of doing so is to be a peacemaker.It is not natural not to want to live in peace with all men. It is unnatural to wantto forgive offenses and not seek revenge. You seem like some sort of a freak if youdon't hate your enemies, but pray for them instead. A peacemaker is not aconformist to what is natural and normal. They are as conspicuous as a probasketball player at a midget festival. They stand out as unique, for they are likethe man found beaten by the Good Samaritan, going to the priest and Levite wholeft him to die, and contributing to their ministry. That is the kind of thing thepeacemaker can do, because he has the fruit of the Spirit-peace. Peace is the abilityto respond to evil with good. This is the peace of God which passes understanding.Let's face reality, there is not a lot of this going around, and the reason is veryfew Christians are surrendered to the Holy Spirit. Most all Christians arequenching the Spirit to some degree. That is why we need to back up the fruit of theSpirit with natural techniques. It is a matter of damage control. When we fell to beSpirit filled we need to have a net of safety to fall into. Christian leaders who falland bring disgrace to the Christian faith do so because they depend to much ontheir Spiritual life alone. They do not develop natural methods for backup. Thenwhen they quench the Spirit and have to depend on their own resources they fall.The whole idea of pursuing peace is to get Christians to realize they have to playan active role in their own success. They have to learn to balance themselves like achild on a bike, so when dad let's go they can continue to move forward and not fall.God sometimes lets go because we grieve the Holy Spirit, and if we have not learnedto go on our own we will fall. This means it is possible to be too spiritual. That is,we can so depend on spirituality that we do not develop any natural gifts, and thenwhen we fell spiritually we are in deep trouble.Paul is the one who tells us of the fruit of the Spirit, but he is also the one whourges us to labor like mad and put forth all the natural effort possible. InRom.14:19 he writes, "Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peaceand to mutual edification." Won't the Holy Spirit just do this for us? No more sothan He will grow fruit in your garden if you never plow it, cultivate it, or water it.Fruit is a joint adventure of God and man. If man does not cooperate the fruit isnot grown at all, or is very inferior. In Eph.4:3 Paul writes, "Make every effort tokeep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace." Does Paul mean that if Christians do not make every effort the unity of the body can fall apart, and peacebe lost? That is what precisely what Paul is saying, for he has seen it often, and ithas been recorded all through history. Christians who do not put forth efforts to bepeacemakers do not contribute to the peace of the world, or the body of Christ.