15th June 2011

Peacemakers

“Happy are those who make peace for they will be known as Sons of God.”
Matthew 5:9 (Phillips)
 

If there is one thing the world needs at the moment it is peacemakers. I’m sure we would all like to be known as a peacemaker, but before we can, we have to have the peace of God in our hearts. 

The name Solomon means peace, and he was the first recorded king to reign without going to war. 

For us it is easier to blame leaders and governments than to look into our own hearts and accept responsibility. 

To be a peacemaker, our minds must be controlled by the Spirit: “to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” (Romans 8:6, KJV), and “A soft answer turns away wrath” (Proverbs 15:1, NKJV). 

A Chinese saying goes, “He who has peace in himself has peace in the family; he who has peace in the family has peace in the world.” 

Peacemakers control their tongues (Proverbs 10:19). They think before they speak and seek to encourage. 

To be a peacemaker means we become reconcilers. 2 Corinthians 5:19 tells us that God has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

 So let’s plant seeds of peace (James 3:18, NLT).  “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding; will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7, NIV).

 Prayer
Father, please help me to be like you and your Son, to be kind and tenderhearted; to be forgiving and control my tongue, so that I only speak peace and encouragement to all I come in contact with.
Amen
 

Study by Jill Newman

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