Beatitudes (Part 7 of 8): Peacemakers

Matthew 5:1-12, “And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him.  Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted.  Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.  Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.  Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy.  Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God.  Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.  Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.  Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.'”

Blessed are the peacemakers.  A peacemaker is a person who brings about peace, especially by reconciling adversaries.  Here is the other side: there are people who always want war.  They want strife.  They want adversity.  Then back to the peacemakers.  The arbitrator.  The negotiator.  The intermediary. There is war and there is peace.  Not physical war or physical peace.  This is spiritual war between angels and demons, God and Satan.  This is spiritual peace, peace that comes from God.  That is the only peace.

This peace extends to our relationships with other people.  Instead of warring, seek peace.  Seek avoidance of strife.  Stop trying to find things to argue about and instead, cultivate love and kindness into your relations.  Christians can be friends with non-Christians.  We need to avoid the speech that puts us at odds.  Instead, there needs to be unity as we are all God’s creation and created in God’s image.

For they shall be called sons of God.  A son, meaning that we can be considered in the family of God.  Children of the Most High God.  No greater honor than to be considered family of God and for God to be our Father.  A father is there to protect, comfort and take care of you.  A father is there to care.  When we become peacemakers, we gain a Father who is going to be there for us no matter what.

Do you want to a peacemaker?  Do you want to be a son (or daughter) of God?  Look toward peace.  Look toward avoiding war with your friends, family, or neighbors.  You don’t have to be a pastor, teacher, minister, priest, or rabbi.  Just be you as we are all called to love one another as God loves us.  With love, there is peace.  Love and war do not mix.  They are like oil and water.  Let us mix.  Meld.  Come together.  Be a peacemaker today!

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for the peace that only You can bring.  Help us to end the war between spiritual powers.  Help us to stop the fighting and bickering and arguing.  It is not productive and it is against You.  I pray for all our Your people who fight peace.  I pray for peace over all the world.  You are an awesome God and we are Your people.  Thank You for being our Father in Heaven who is righteous and pure and perfect.

In Your name we pray,

Amen

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