Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Called to be PEACEMAKERS

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. – Matthew 5:9
It is interesting that it is the peacemakers that Jesus says will be in the family of God: His children. It is a reminder that there is no room for strife in God’s family. Selfishness, greed, division, and infighting must be left at the door.

We are all called to be peacemakers. How? Here a few ideas...
  • By focusing on GIVING instead of GETTING. 
  • By laying down our own rights and doing what is right. 
  • By being like Jesus and giving up our own rights, our own lives, and being the servant of all. 
  • By thinking the BEST of one another and wanting the BEST for one another. 
In so many words, could Jesus (in Matthew 5:9) also be saying that if we are not peacemakers and instead a strife-makers that we won’t be children of God. A sobering possibility. But we will not fear because we have chosen to be like Christ - the Prince of Peace.

Living as peacemakers isn’t easy. Our flesh fights against it. But by God’s powerful grace, we can do this. We can be peacemakers. We can live free from strife. And we can be called “children of God.”

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Eric Jones is the Lead Pastor of Evident Life Church: a sprit filled, Bible based, family integrated church in Gilbert, Arizona. www.EvidentLife.org. Eric is also the Director of the East Valley House of Prayer.

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