Friday, February 27, 2015

Matthew 5:9 -- On Peacemaking

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

This is part of a lesson that Jesus gave that is known as the Sermon on the Mount.  I like this verse and the idea that peacemaking is an essential part of being a child of God.  So many times in our daily lives we have the opportunities to make situations better or worse, and the distance between ourselves and others wider or smaller.  I'm not saying that all conflict is avoidable, or that there aren't cases where we should widen the distance.  I think God is saying here that Peacemaking is a good idea, and should be the rule rather than the exception.   Sometimes our pride gets in the way.  We want so badly to be right, or to have our way.  It's hard... hard to even see the way to peace in situations where our ego rears up and where we get angry or can't see why we are being prevented from having or doing or being whatever it is.
Being a child of God is something that is amazing and full of possibility.  To walk as he walked, to follow him, to learn to be as much like him as we can be... that is a a path full of incredible potential.  But to live up to that name, we have to let go of our egos and instead of getting our way... get HIS way.  We need to learn it and understand it and follow it, rather than worrying about what we deserve.  Today, let's be the peacemakers.  Let's find the way to make situations and relationships better and not worse.  Let's heal rather than hurt, and lift rather than drag down.  Let's be worthy of being called the children of God, as we walk in his path.

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