THE BEATITUDES PART SEVEN: BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

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

There is something that we come back to again and again as we study and consider The Beatitudes. Jesus is the ultimate embodiment of these traits and characteristics, and there is perhaps no greater example of this than the peacemaker.

Jesus mission was on a mission of peacemaking. He came, willingly, from Heaven to Earth. He set aside His rights, powers, and privileges to be an emissary from God to His creation. Jesus came to the enemies of the Kingdom of Heaven to offer an opportunity for those enemies to become friends, and He sacrificed His safety and His life to sign the treaty.

God desires peace with us, God desires that we would have peace with one another, and He has given us everything that we need to have all of that, and so much more, through His son. Now we are called to offer and make peace after the example of Christ. Then we are the children of God, because then we look like our Father, The Ultimate Peacemaker.

Discussion Questions:

1. Have you ever seen two people or two groups of people at war with each other? Did you feel that you should step-in and try to make peace? If so, how did you do that?

2. Do you know what it means to have peace with God? How did you get to that place in your life? How do you try to live out the peacemaking example of Jesus?

Pray for peace, not peace in your life, but peace for those around you. Ask God to give you the wisdom and patience to step-in and create peace in the midst of war. Pray that wherever you go, peace will follow you because of the Holy Spirit working through you, and that people will see that you are a true Child of God.

-Chuck

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