Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
We have already seen that as Jesus went forth proclaiming the Kingdom, that healing, and restoration of wholeness followed in His wake, for the restoration of wholeness, including the restoration of relationships torn by the hostility of this world is something within the very character of God. A peacemaker is someone who places a high priority on restoring relationships, even with those considered to be enemies; this is what it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
On the other hand, many, maybe even most people of this world are not peacemakers. Look around you, this world is not a peaceful place, for people vie with each other for riches, for position and advantage. Such people are not making peace and restoring relationships, except for personal gain; this is not the behavior of a disciple, and thus the blessing of a restored relationship with God is not present in the here and now, and it is not likely to be found in the hereafter.
For the disciple, blessing in great supply is to be found in restoring wholeness and relationships; it is its own reward, and as a disciple the eternal future is both assured and very bright, for there will be blessing beyond imagination in store.
I love being a peacemaker between God and man, especially among people who did not know just who God is.
thank you Don, someone quoted this verse to me yesterday. Praying to be more peacemaker and less faultfinder. God bless, Jill
Thank you, Jill
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