Blessed are the Peacemakers

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

INTRODUCTION

One of the chief characteristics of God’s children is their disposition to make peace. After all, the Holy Spirit lives in their hearts and the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, etc. Of course, this peace doesn’t mean “appeasement”. This isn’t “peace at all costs.” This peace is allied with divine love, which includes love for God, his kingdom, and his righteousness. Interestingly, Jesus also said he came not to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34)! By that he means, devotion to him who is the Prince of Peace inevitably brings persecution from those who oppose his peaceful reign and his gospel of peace. Continue reading “Blessed are the Peacemakers”

Peace! Be Still!

“And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’” (Mark 4)

Why are we so afraid when storms in life arise? Have we forgotten who it is who dwells in our hearts? He is the Prince of Peace, the One who has the power to rebuke the fierce winds and the raging waves so that they lose all their fury and become calm as a sea of glass. Fear only prevails where faith is absent, but in order for faith to overcome fear we must recognize clearly that the One to whom we have entrusted our lives is both mighty and loving. He cares for us and will not allow us to be swept away by the waves; with but a word from his lips – “Peace!” – and we shall be safe. By faith hear him speak the word “peace” to your hearts and watch the storm die down!

Lord, help us to trust in you instead of being afraid of the storm.