BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS

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

 

All children of God are to be peacemakers not quarrelsome and contentious. Peacemakers are ones who can reconcile and end hostilities. We are never blessed when we’re the ones disturbing the peace, but only when we are the ones making the peace.

 

Peacemakers are those who practice peacemaking attitudes (yielding, forbearing, forgiving, honest communication, self control…) and who endeavor to settle disputes not just win fights. Peacemakers know how to do everything possible on their part to live peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18). That doesn’t mean you have to agree if you don’t or for the sake of peace try to be so agreeable you compromise the truth or lose your integrity. It means you make the necessary effort to keep peace, you do not exasperate situations by carnal attitudes, you keep your motives right, and when you disagree you can do it in a civil and healthy manner.

 

We must not allow our differences and disagreements to open the door to strife. Strife is a deadly enemy that is described as demonic wisdom which is earthly, sensual, and devilish James 3:15, 16. Proverbs 6:16-19 reveals that there are seven things the Lord hates and four of them are strife related. To live in love, peace, and harmony requires that we refuse strife, discord, and disharmony.

 

Some conflicts are unavoidable and we shouldn’t feel guilty because they present themselves but we have to work through them. Sometimes following Jesus and loyalty to that relationship does not cause peace but acts as a sword to other relationships (Matthew 10:34-38). Within ourselves we need to know how to respond and be able to discern when it is our fault (Matthew 5:23, 24), when it is not our fault (Matthew 18:15), when it is up to the other party now because we’ve done all we can do (Romans 12:18), and when it is not our problem but theirs (Galatians 6:1).

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Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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