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Blessed are the Peacemakers
Matthew 5: 9
4Blessed are the peace makers; for they shall be called the children of God”
I begin this hub by asking you the reader a question; “What is a peacemaker?
First let me say that a peacemaker is not one who is a peace breaker.
I remember growing up with some rough people and some of them were members of a ruthless motorcycle gang called the peace makers.
They would parade through town looking like they were three weeks overdue for a bath and if you shot one of them, it would only make them mad.
There are two kinds of people in the world.
There are those who build up and those who tear down.
It does not take to much effort on our part to be one who would tear down but it takes one who has a made up mind and a willing heart to be one that would build up.
What I am saying is anything will go downstream but it takes some power to go against the current.
We can make up our mind to either be the problem or help find a solution to the problem.
I have had people in ministry come with their complaints about how something was done that they did not approve of and when I would enquire how much they had contributed to the cause the answer was obvious that they had not donated one penny nor did they want to be in a meeting to find a better way to resolve the problem that they could agree to.
I relate these types of people to being like a thermometer that is in a room.
A thermometer reflects the temperature in a room.
If the room is cold then it reflects that the room is a certain degrees and that it is cold.
This is all it was designed to do and is incapable of changing the temperature in the room.
There are indoor thermometers and there are out door thermometers and their main function is to reflect the temperature of their surroundings.
A thermostat is different in that its main purpose is to change its surroundings.
A peacemaker can be likened to a thermostat that is visable in our homes and businesses because they have the ability to change the atmosphere in a room.
A room can be full of complaining and a peacemaker can enter the room and say something which causes people to focus on a different thought pattern.
The whole climate in the room changes and people are thinking different.
God wants peacemakers in the church, workplace, and in the world that will make a difference in people’s lives.
He wants those who will point out to people the good things he is doing in their lives and not stay focused on the negativity around them.
A peacemaker is one who is prepared to pursue peace regardless of the cost.
God was willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice and establish peace with his people through the death of his son.
Peacemakers are called the sons of God because they reflect the work of the son of God that brought peace.
Peace must first begin in the home for if you cannot keep peace at home, then your chances are not so good in other environments you may encounter.
We must stand up in our society and not compromise our moral and ethical values.
Paul states in Romans 12: 18 "for us to live at peace with all men”.
We can only do this by maintaining a disciplined life.
Matthew 5:11-12 “Blessed are ye when men shall revile you and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely for my name sake. “Rejoice and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you”.
I say unto you the reader that anything can float down stream in a river but it takes something with power to go upstream against the current.
This brings to light the ole saying that when the going gets tough, then the tough gets going.
Faithful and committed people stay committed.
We are going to be judged by our faithfulness. Luke 16:10 says that “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much; and he that his unjust in the least is unjust also in much”
This can be better understood by saying that whosoever can be trusted with a little can also be trusted with a lot.
Whoever is dishonest with little is dishonest with a lot.
Dear reader, our faithfulness reflects our character.
The beatitudes are designed in a specific order and are not just there by chance.
The first four deals with our outward man and our relationship with God.
They deal with what it means to be a Christian.
The last four deal with our relationship with others or how a Christian should live their life in the midst of others..
The first four focuses on our needs but the last four focuses on our responsibility to God and our fellow man.
Let’s take notice that the sermon on peace is followed by the sermon on persecution.
This is no accident, God wants us to know that the Christian life can be a lonely life that can be costly but the rewards are out of this world.
Blessed are the peacemakers, from the Beatitudes of Christ, in Aramaic
© 2013 Jerry W Hulse