The Lord Jesus calls those blessed who are peacemakers (Matthew 5.9). He means those who use their influence to promote peace and charity on earth, in private and public, at home and abroad. He means those who strive to make all men love one another by teaching the principles of the gospel (Romans 13.10). They are doing the very work which the Son of God began when He came to earth the first time and which He will finish when He comes to earth the second time. – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), from a meditation on Matthew 5.1-12.