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::Devotional:: ‘Blessed Are The Peacemakers’

May 20, 2010

Sin has a way of creeping up in our lives doesn’t it?  There’s no big warning sign that sin is about to manifest itself somehow through our lives and then boom, something comes out of our mouth or a thought crosses our mind and suddenly there it is.  Often that can lead to strife among our friends and even our own family.  Yet, there is a call from the Lord Jesus for us to be peacemakers at the same time.  How can that all work together?  Is it even possible?

Consider what the Lord Jesus said during his sermon on the mount in the familiar Beatitudes discourse.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9

The Greek word used there for peacemakers comes from two other words, one meaning peace and the other meaning to make.  When Jesus said peacemakers he didn’t mean peacekeepers, there’s a difference.  Keeping the peace is a high calling.  Think about law enforcements officers, soldiers, and even teachers and parents.  But keeping the peace means it has already been established and the only call is to maintain it.  Making peace is an even higher calling because I believe it requires a lot more effort and lot more humility.

I believe there are two catalysts to making peace as a peacemaker.  One is forgiveness and the other is humility.  By naming the name of Jesus Christ, we are all called to the authority of the Word and therein we are all called to be peacemakers.  Where do you need to make peace today?  Do you need to forgive someone or ask to be forgiven?  Has your pride been the driving force behind your actions lately?  Do you need to humble yourself before the Lord and before others?  If the Lord has put a situation in your life or someone on your mind as you have read this I encourage you to be obedient to the Word of the Lord and step up to be the peacemaker.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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