Blessed are the Peacemakers…
02/22/2021

Blessed are the Peacemakers…

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Passage: Matthew 5:9
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Blessing according to Jesus?

Rings: Progressive 

They are also “signs” in the life of a believer.

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

This is the last one of the 7… the most difficult. Are you up for a challenge? 

Example: When I turned 40, I ran a marathon for the challenge of seeing if I still had it in me.  

Betrayal… Contention, quarreling, brokenness, and reconciliation.

Before we start, it’s important to consider one other thing about spreading peace. 

You can’t give something you don’t have.

Example: Occasionally, we have a Mission Builder who cannot work in any department without causing trouble.

Be a peacemaker… 

1. by making peace with yourself.

Jesus offers peace with God. 

Without him, we are cut off, alone, fatherless, orphans.

“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1

But what if a person is a believer and doesn’t know this peace?

Remember, being pure in heart is to think and decide one thing.

“…give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” 

Psalm 86:11b

A person going in 2 directions at once cannot be at peace.

 

Example: “You cannot serve both God and money.”

It’s asking God to search and know my heart, test me, remove from me any anxious thoughts…

Remember what the Old testament prophesied about Jesus…

Isaiah… 

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

The Angels announced the birth of Christ to the shepherds with these words. 

“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” Luke 2:14

When the disciples were hiding out in a room for fear of the Jews… 

Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

Jesus’ main mission here on earth was to bring peace.

The Beatitudes describe a Christian.

Peacemaking will eventually become the defining mark of a believer. 

Be a peacemaker… 

2. by waiting on God first.

What if I did what this verse says FIRST before making a move?

“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard you hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

The serenity prayer:

serenity - the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

How much better can I handle a situation if I’m calm before the Lord?

Many times what happens when I bring something to God is that I change. 

Be a peacemaker… 

3. by laying down your rights.

Is it really a hill worth dying on?

Love Feast details.

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” Romans 12:17-18

Don’t sweat the small stuff.  

This pursuit of peace will require work but it's worth pursuing. 

Peace involves forgiveness…

We’ve all been forgiven a debt we could never pay.

“Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” Psalm 34:14

Application:  Have you ever been tempted to say, “I told you so!” ?

Have you ever thought, it might be sinful to say that?

Be a peacemaker… 

4. by holding your tongue.

DO you think it’s important to share your opinion?

“I have to say what I think!” or “I have to say what I feel!”

“Where words are many, sin is not absent. but he who holds his tongue is wise.” Proverbs 10:19

Many times have regretted speaking my mind.

Be a peacemaker… 

5. by knowing peace comes at a price.

Being at peace doesn't mean no trouble will come. Jesus puts it this way…

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

Take the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: He returned to Germany from safety in America so he could answer this question with honor: 

“…and what did you do during that time?”

“The idea that we could have avoided many of life’s difficulties if we had taken things more cautiously is too foolish to be entertained for a moment. - Bonhoeffer

This is #7 and being a peacemaker come at a price.

Be a peacemaker… 

6. by giving grace to your adversary.

Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 

On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him;

    if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.

In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Romans 12:19-20

He didn’t even make a comment from the Cross in his defense. 

Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” Luke 23:34

Have you ever thought of a person who is against you in that way?

Example: Asjbijon and the homeless guy telling him his name was not written in the book of life. So we see it like Jesus, asking for their forgiveness assuming they don’t know what they’re doing?

This is what God did for us and if we are going to be sons of God, we are like him in that way.

On the flip side…

Peace is not only the absence of trouble. 

It’s the active participation in all that is good.

Jesus came to actively bring peace.

We have a responsibility to act. 

If we want to be Christians, we must have some share in Christ’s large-heartedness by acting with responsibility and in freedom when the hour of danger comes, and by showing a real sympathy that springs, not from fear, but from the liberating and redeeming love of Christ for all who suffer. Mere waiting and looking on is not Christian behavior.”

- Bonhoeffer

Be a peacemaker… 

7. by actively participating in all that is good.

“…for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9

“Preach the gospel always, and if necessary, use words.”

~ St.Francis of Assisi 

Some people see the 7th Beatitude as the Beatitude of evangelism. 

What better way to spread the gospel than to promote peace everywhere you go?

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