Peacemakers (Matthew 5:9)Elmer Schrock, June 1, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Peacemaking is restoring broken and failing relationships to harmony and goodwill.
Moses had a failed attempt at being a peacemaker. He slew an Egyptian and buried him in the sand. The next day Moses saw two Hebrews quarreling and tried to interfere. but he was not equipped with the proper peacekeeping equipment. The men turned on him, and his ambition to be a peacekeeper was shattered. Moses fled to the wilderness and tended sheep for the next forty years; after that he was better able to function the way the Lord wanted him to.
Matthew 5:9 is directed toward getting along with each other. It is referring to peaceful human relationships. In households where some family members are Christians and some are not, there will be conflict. No peace can exist between the believer and the one who loves sin.
Peace in the church grows from Peace in the heart. Peace in the heart grows from the forming of Christ within the heart. Peacekeeping is demonstrating the peace that is within us. Part of Christ-likeness is being willing to surrender personal preferences.
Peacekeepers look for good in their fellowmen. Many struggles in relationships occur over misunderstandings. Angry responses do not contribute to peaceful relationships. Peacemakers function with cool heads and warm hearts. We can control our emotions when we bring every thought into captivity to Christ.
We can disagree peaceably and let things go without falling out over them. Surrender to the consensus of the brotherhood is good and right. It is a serious matter to stand against the body of Christ. Oneness and unity is important to Christ.