TODAY'S WORD FOR Monday, April 22, 2019:
One who promotes harmony in human relations; conciliator.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Jesus came into this world to bring peace. At the birth of Jesus, the angels sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will to men.” God is the God of peace but the peace that God gives is only understood and experienced by those who know God and have accepted His Son, Jesus, as their Savior.
The world longs for an end to war and conflict. But in order to have world peace there must be a change in the sinful hearts of all mankind.
To become a peacemaker, as Jesus taught at the Sermon on the Mount, we must first make our peace with God. To make peace with God we must be justified by God’s grace through the redemption that is found in Christ Jesus. For God to declare us just, we must believe that Christ died on the cross to bear our sins, that He was buried in the tomb for three days and nights, and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures.
We must repent of our sins and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. A peacemaker is one that shares the gospel message of salvation through Jesus Christ to those who are lost, showing them how they can have peace with God.
Those who remain separated from God by their sin can never have peace with God. Who is the peacemaker? A peacemaker not only seeks to help the lost make peace with God, but seeks to make peace with others, seeking to solve disputes and erase divisions, reconcile differences and eliminate strife in relationships.
Jesus tells His disciples, and us, in this beatitude that we will be blessed when we show people how to cooperate instead of competing or fighting. Nothing is more divisive than arguing. Wars begin with arguments.
As believers we are to become peacemakers, not troublemakers, because we are here to show God’s love to the world.
Jesus closed this beatitude by saying that the peace makers shall be called the children of God. As believers in Jesus and as peacemakers we are adopted into the family of God when we accepted Jesus as our Savior and are now called a child of God. What a miracle and what a blessing. We do serve an awesome God who loves us so much that He gave His only Son to give us the peace of God that transcends all understanding Philippians 4:7.
Our memory verse for this week is found in John 14:27.
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you; not as the world gives, do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled neither let them be afraid.
Help me to become the peacemaker that You want me to be. Help me to communicate the good news of the gospel to all I meet today and may I be in a position to lead people to a saving knowledge of You, my Lord and my Savior by being a peacemaker.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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