God is good and he cheers me endlessly. I do not take that for granted… I know I am so blessed and that puts all my trials in perspective they are nothing compared to many others.
This is a devotion thanking God for firmly being in control and a prayer that I still MY own heart to hear HIS word – and to carry out HIS actions … after I finished writing this, I listened to our praise band song “Loved by You”, it’s one of my newest favorites to sing. When first I heard the line “Healing Flood, God of Peace, Speak Your Word, and Quiet Me” it’s so fitting that God uses a song to remind me of my Christmas flood – of Him still firmly holding me under his wing… God is good!!!
Nothing like God sending a signal in the middle of the hardest conversations…. my vision is cloudy and yet my head knows I need to do the right thing by God…. I need to BE honest, BE me, BE STILL… And ALWAYS just BE.
The patch “Peace Maker” caught my eye in a sea of distracting colors on the sewing table this morning… Why it caught my eye just then was NOT due to me, but God did that – I know God truly did that, forced it into my view with clarity like a lens that focuses… That’s a powerful God sighting, He knows better than I… He made me this peacemaker, and reminds me ALWAYS, for me sure, for others definitely, but primarily FOR HIM… I listen and pray for discernment…
Matthew 5:9 BLESSED are the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God….
It’s not easy being a peacemaker, God calls me to that role even if it causes me trials, sigh…. God’s trials are HIS way of calling us in as children (Hebrews 12)
And this link (below) has a good understanding of the Sermon on the Mount Beatitude about being a peacemaker. http://www.gotquestions.org/blessed-are-the-peacemakers.html
And Hebrews 12 tells of God’s discipline for HIS children…. A friend posted that today….”Because the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He chastens everyone He accepts as his child.”
Yes, to be a peacemaker and child of God means to BE STILL, to listen and to lean NOT on your own understanding…. there’s no way I can understand all the things God needs me to do, there’s no way I can understand the sacrifice that He made in Jesus’s blood for me. But, I CAN understand that HE truly loves me – even if I never comprehend how deep how long and how wide how high HIS LOVE is for us… and to be a peacemaker means to tell others where your peace comes from… and why they should strive for peace…
Thanks God, all my love…
Question: “What does ‘blessed are the peacemakers’ mean?”
Answer: Matthew 5:9 is part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in which He says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.” The Greek word translated “peacemaker” is used in only one other place in the New Testament, in a slightly different form. Colossians 1:20 says, “For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”
Jesus laid down His life to make peace between God and sinners, and when we can carry that message of peace to others, we are peacemakers. God delights in those who reconcile others to Himself—those who bring the gospel are “beautiful” (Isaiah 52:7). God “reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18). Those who bring reconciliation to broken relationships are carrying on the work of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Those who give of themselves as Jesus did in order that others may know God are called “blessed.” There is no real peace apart from a relationship with God (Romans 5:1). What may masquerade as worldly peace is merely a temporary lull in chaos (John 14:27). True peace is found only in a restored relationship with God. “‘There is no peace,’ says the LORD, ‘for the wicked’” (Isaiah 48:22).
Only children of God can bring the peace of knowing God to others. A person must have a real relationship with God before he or she can help someone else know God. Those who witness for Christ, share their faith with their friends, and serve others in the name of Christ are the ambassadors for peace this verse identifies (see also Matthew 10:41-42). Those who bring the wonderful message of God’s peace to the world are “peacemakers,” and Jesus calls them the “children of God.”
From Hebrews 12
5 And have you completely forgotten this word of encouragement that addresses you as children? It says, “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,”
6 “Because the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his child.”
7 Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?