Word of the Day: Blessing “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

In a world that’s full of conflicts and divisions, being a peacemaker can be a powerful way to spread love and positivity. It’s not always easy, but as Jesus said in Matthew 5:9, those who strive for peace will be blessed. So let’s take up the mantle of peace and work together to make our world a more harmonious and loving place!

The Call to Peacemaking: Jesus’ declaration in the Beatitudes highlights the significance of peacemaking in the Kingdom of God. “Blessed are the peacemakers,” He proclaims, “for they will be called children of God.” This call to peacemaking is not merely about resolving conflicts or maintaining harmony; it is about embodying the reconciling love of Christ and participating in His redemptive work in the world.

The Example of Christ: Jesus Himself is the ultimate peacemaker, who reconciled humanity to God through His sacrificial death on the cross. The apostle Paul writes, “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility” (Ephesians 2:14). Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus bridged the gap between God and humanity, bringing reconciliation and peace to all who believe.

The Fruit of Peacemaking: Peacemaking bears fruit not only in our relationships with others but also in our relationship with God. The apostle James writes, “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness” (James 3:18). When we actively pursue peace and reconciliation, we reflect the character of our heavenly Father, who delights in unity and harmony among His children.

The Cost of Peacemaking: Peacemaking often comes at a cost, requiring humility, patience, and sacrifice. Jesus Himself endured rejection, persecution, and ultimately death on the cross in His pursuit of peace. The apostle Paul exhorts believers, “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” (Romans 12:18). While peace may not always be achievable in every situation, we are called to do our part in pursuing reconciliation and healing.

Living as Children of God: As children of God, we are called to reflect His love and grace to the world around us. The blessing of peacemaking is not reserved for a select few but is extended to all who choose to follow in the footsteps of Christ. May we embrace the call to peacemaking with courage and conviction, trusting in God’s power to transform hearts and bring about lasting reconciliation.

Reflection: Today, let us reflect on our role as peacemakers in a world in desperate need of God’s healing touch. Are there relationships in our lives that require reconciliation and forgiveness? Are we willing to humble ourselves and extend grace to those who have wronged us? May we seek to embody the blessing of peacemaking, knowing that through our efforts, we reflect the character of our heavenly Father and participate in His redemptive work in the world.

Closing Thought: As we embrace the blessing of peacemaking, let us take heart in the promise of God’s presence and guidance. The psalmist declares, “Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it” (Psalm 34:14). May we be agents of peace in a world longing for reconciliation, knowing that through our efforts, we bear witness to the transformative power of God’s love and grace.

Eric D Cooper
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