Daily Reading

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Peacemakers

By Dr. James R. Miller

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." - Matthew 5:9

This seems to be too much an overlooked beatitude. There are many people who are really strifemakers rather than peacemakers. They do not seek to heal estrangements between others, to prevent quarrels and contentions, and to bring together those who have begun to drift apart. Indeed, their whole influence goes toward widening breaches, intensifying bitterness, and exciting anger and hatred. When they find in anyone a germ of suspicion or dislike of another, they stimulate the evil growth. Is it not time that we should get our Lord's beatitude down out of the skies and begin to work it into our lives? Is it not time that we should become peacemakers in a world whose beauty is marred by so much strife?

The peacemaking spirit is divine. No one in heaven finds delight in separating friends. Just so far as we get the peacemaking spirit into our lives do we bear the mark of God's image. To be peacemakers we must first of all strive to live peaceably with all men. "If it be possible, as much as in you lieth," says St. Paul, "be at peace with all men." But, further, we are also to strive to make and promote peace between others. Our ministry is not to be confined to the settlement of great quarrels, but may find even its most fruitful work in the healing of the petty contentions which we discover all about us. Whenever we find one man angry with another, we should seek to remove the angry feeling. The little rifts in others' friendships we should strive to heal. The unkind thoughts of others which we find in people's minds we should seek to change into kindly thoughts. We can do no Christlier service than to seek always to promote peace between man and man, to keep people from drifting apart, and to get them to live together more lovingly.

The Bible In A Year

2 Samuel 14-15, Luke 17

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Proverbs 22

Comments

On Friday, April 22nd, 2016 at 12:11 pm
Debbie McLain-Henage wrote...

There is so much junk going on in the world today, we as God's children should NOT be adding to it. We are suppose to have the LIGHT of JESUS living on the inside of us. So, we should ask our self, "Would JESUS look like this or act like this?"