Listen to this devotional:
Matthew 5:9 – Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (NKJV)
As with other parents, my role often called for the function of peacemaker between my daughter and son during their childhood and teenage years. Now, I have the honour and blessing, with just a little amusement, of seeing my children and my children's children as parents having to function in this same peacemaker role, "endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Ephesians 4:3 NKJV)
There can be little true pleasure or comfort in our families, churches, groups, workplaces, or relationships without love, godly wisdom, truth, and the careful sowing and determined nurturing of peacemaking and peacekeeping seeds.
Yes, it is the carnal thorns and briars of strife, contention, hostility, envy, pride, selfishness, jealousy, power-struggles, impatience, superiority, and warring that all work as opposing, choking hindrances to the seeds of peaceability.
Matthew 13:7 – Other seeds fell among thorns that grew up and choked out the tender plants. (NLT)
James 3:17 – But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere. (NLT)
Inherent in the meaning of godly peace and peacemaking is the spirit of forgiveness, harmony, agreement, goodwill, conciliation, serenity, grace, belief, and much more.
Though we may still be wearing "learner plates", I believe peacemaking is possible for us through our Lord Christ's Spirit, His lovely work of grace, and by our following the revelation truths of His Word.
Let's be encouraged! If we slip up in our quest as peacemakers for whatever reason, our comfort is this: "Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time. (Daniel 11:35 NIV)
Let us keep aiming at the privileged title of the blessed peacemakers of Jesus' beatitude teachings, for we shall be known as and "shall be called the children of God". Praise His lovely name!
Prayer: Yes, thank You, Lord. Do, please, keep growing us up into Your successful peacemakers in our relationships, homes, churches, and communities, that You will be known through our conduct, and "as far as it depends on us", enable us to "live at peace with everyone" (Romans 12:18 AMP) — for Your glory. Amen and Amen!