Matthew 5:9 (King James)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
Let’s start with some word meanings…
The original Greek word for peacemakers in this text is eirenopoios (i-ray-nop-oy-os’) and means, pacificatory
You may have a better vocabulary than I, because I needed to look that word up!
The next few words were taken from the Webster’s dictionary. I knew what the last two meant, However, it is always good to refresh our memories…
Pacificatory – the act of pacifying or the state of being pacified, appeased
Pacify – to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquility…to make peace
Peace – a state of harmony between people or groups; freedom from dissension
We talked about peace and dissension in our James study. I guess God has a lot to say about it in His Word. Hmmm…I can’t imagine why…
Peace – Makers…they will be called the children of God. There is another Scripture that says…”you will know them by their fruit.” If we are argumentative and constantly having dissension in our lives, how can anyone consider us Christians? We will look like the dying sinful world we live in….certainly NOT “children of God.”
Making and maintaining peace can be a difficult thing. Especially when we are “obviously right.” We have this need to be right. We have this need to allow offense to rear its ugly head. We have this need to allow dissension and discord to creep into the Body.
This “need” comes from our flesh. It wars against our spirit man and always wants the opposite of what is right. We must lay our flesh down and swallow our pride. We must train ourselves to be peacemakers. Then the world will see who and Who’s we really are. Then we will have a real testimony and credibility to bring the lost to Christ. Instead of looking like hypocrites…
Daddy God, help me to be a peacemaker. Help me to let go of offense quickly and seek for a peaceful resolution in all situations. Help me to look like one of Your children. Help me to be a light in this dark and dying world. Thank You for hearing my prayer and loving me. Thank You for calling me your daughter. I long to look like her too. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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