Friday, March 14, 2014

Friday March 14, 2014 Matthew 5:9

 Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God --Matthew 5:9

When I think of peacemakers, I think of reconciliation and unity. Oneness.
Some bible versions say peace-loving. We are called to be peace-loving, peacemakers. This is a difficult task for anyone of us at one point or another. In a world that is hard to love the unloveable, there is not very much peace-loving going around in this world. And we cannot do it on our own in ways that bring glory to God.

We first have to receive the Prince of Peace that God, the father, has sent us. Through Jesus Christ, we receive the Peace in our spirit by the redeeming blood which reconciled us to God and made us His own. Then we have the Peacemaker in us that enables and gives us the power and authority to forgive in Jesus. When it is difficult to "make" peace with men who persecute us and even hate us, we can mourn for the state which we were doomed and for the lost and be comforted by Him, remain gentle, meek, seek His righteousness and forgive. Only the reconciled sons (children) of God by the Blood of Jesus search and know the heart of God and seek to be used as His peacemakers of God, with God. We are His heirs. We have the privilege to be peacemakers through the Holy Spirit to men/our neighbors, one soul at a time. It takes two to make peace. So we are called the peacemakers bringing the good news to the souls that are lost and being reconciled to God by living out the Christ in us- that they, too, may become fellow heirs and as we are one with Christ as He is one with the Father, God.
Lord, Jesus, make me an instrument of forgiveness for you are the source of ultimate, Agape love. Use me to share the good news and make reconciliation You have made through your blood with men (people). May your Kingdom come. Help me and my fellow members of Christ seek to be peacemakers with you for your glory. Amen.

Kathy Carpentier


Tracy said...

Ok, in doing a little research I found this sermon. Though nearly 30 years old, it left me highly convicted. Take a look if you have a few min. I can't think of a single thing to add...WOW!

Tracy said...

Hmmmm from my screen this link is not clickable. I googled blessed are the peacemakers and chose the desiring God John Piper option. WELL worth the read friends!