In his discussion of the importance of being spiritually vulnerable for the Christian through an exposition of the Beatitudes, Brad Hambrick discusses the importance of being one of the peacemakers. Indeed, Jesus pronounces a blessing on those who are peacemakers. Being a peacemaker involves holding pure convictions without attacking those who disagree with you. This entails the difficult task of refusing to retaliate even while disagreeing with those who are clearly in the wrong.
The peacemaker is able to resist being made to feel personally insulted by the attacks of others. Those who have a hard time allowing themselves to be vulnerable tend to take things personally and lash out at others whom they disagree with. Indeed, the true peacemaker considers that he may even be in the wrong during certain disputes or tense conversations. It is important to insist on remaining a peacemaker even when it is clear that you have been personally insulted. In the end, it is not about you, and you must cast your cares before God. Defending righteousness entails defending the holiness of God rather than defending ourselves.
Related to this is the final blessing Jesus pronounces; namely, being among those who are persecuted and reviled. There is always the possibility that we will be persecuted for standing up for what is right. Unfortunately, some will revile us legitimately because we have behaved in a manner not in accord with the gospel. However, Paul is clear that anyone who strives to live a holy life “will be persecuted.” There is always the temptation to retaliate and lash out at those who persecute and lash out at us.
We must remember that we are sinners, no less than they are, and that evil things they may say to us must be left at the feet of God. We are no more deceiving of God’s mercy than they are; we were elected according to God’s holy will while we were still sinners, and Christ died for us while we were still sinners. Even in our present bodies, we remain sinners. To lash out in rage at those who persecute us would be hypocritical and self-righteous, and it is for this reason that we must pray for our enemies. Once again, this is something which those who are afraid to feel vulnerable will buck against. We want to defend ourselves, whether our defense is justified or not. Instead, we must humbly admit we are wrong when we are reviled legitimately, and we must meekly yet stalwartly refuse to compromise when we are reviled for unjust reasons.