Peacemakers: Reflecting God's Heart

Becoming Children of God through Peacemaking

DAILY DEVOTIONS

10/3/2023

Becoming Children of God through Peacemaking

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

This verse holds a profound truth about the nature of God and His desire for His children. Being a peacemaker is not merely a characteristic; it's an identity and mission of Christianity. When we actively work to bring peace, we reflect our heavenly Father's heart and character, who through Jesus Christ reconciled humanity.

In this devotion, let's ponder some important questions: Are we actively working to make peace with others, as God has called us to do? Do we follow the example of Jesus, the Prince of Peace, who made peace between humanity and God through His death?

The Bible says in Romans 12: 18: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. God's Word instructs us to actively seek peace with all people, emphasizing our role in fostering harmonious relationships. All people mean those who even have done wrong to us.

In James 3:18 it is written, Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness. From this verse, it is clear that when we sow seeds of peace, we reap a harvest of righteousness and blessings in our lives.

Colossians 3:15 highlights: Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts since as members of one body you were called to peace. We can in this verse that as followers of Christ, we are called to let His peace guide our interactions.

In the New Testament, there's a story about Paul (once called Saul) who went from troublemaker to peacemaker. His life changed dramatically after meeting Jesus on the road to Damascus. He stopped hurting Christians and started telling people about the Good News. He worked hard to bring peace between Jews and non-Jews through Christ. It shows how a person can change for the better with God's help.

Jesus, the Son of God, embodies the message of Matthew 5:9. His entire ministry was about reconciling humanity to God and promoting peace among people. Through His sacrificial death on the cross, He made the ultimate peace offering, providing a way for us to be in harmony with God.

The second part of this message is crucial. It asks whether we can truly be called Children of God. To understand this, let's think of ourselves as shining lights, similar to how Jesus brought peace between people and God. If we don't actively try to make peace, both in our relationships with others and with God, we might face spiritual problems and not fully experience the blessings of being recognized as Children of God.

When life gets tough, it's important to act like Christ. This means trying to be like Him in how we think. We should work hard to make peace in our relationships, forgive others when they do wrong, and try to make things right again when there's a problem. When we do these things, we show the love and kindness that Christ has for us in our own lives.

In a challenging world, Jesus emphasizes having a changed heart, showing mercy, being pure, and making peace are vital. We should mirror Christ's love through kindness.

Despite life's challenges, our personal deeds are crucial to God. He values our eternal soul. So, aim for peace, pray for those who trouble us, and share love. This path leads to being seen as God's children and gaining eternal life.

Let’s pray. Heavenly Father, we thank You for the wisdom in Your Word. Help us to be true peacemakers in our lives, just as Your Son, Jesus, showed us. May we seek reconciliation, forgiveness, and love in all our relationships, reflecting Your divine peace. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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