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Thursday, November 27, 2014

Think About It

People of Peace

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

"God Blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Are you a person of peace? Do you seek after it and work for it's outcome in your life? If you do then you are a person after God's heart. But it's hard to be a person of peace in a world where there is so much violence, strife, injustice, and suffering. It's hard to be a person who works towards reconciliation when so many are out for themselves. In our world today, the needs of others comes after the needs of self. Yet Jesus said that God blesses those who work for peace.

I suppose that the operative work is "work". In other words, it's about striving for, and reaching towards peace. It doesn't mean that peace can actually be achieved in every situation. The real question is related to what you're doing, not what someone else is doing. It's about my actions and yours that will determine if we are individually a person of peace.

As I write this I have received a call from a person who is struggling in a work environment. Apparently it's stressful and there's a lot of drama. To make things worse, it isn't coworkers that are the problem, its the owners of the company. Sadly bringing peace into the situation may not happen without first bringing conflict. And that doesn't mean that the end result will be peace, in fact it could get worse.

God attempts to bring peace through reconciliation. That's what Jesus did on the cross. Sadly, many aren't interested in reconciliation and the peace that they want is to be left alone. I'm not so sure that's what our purpose is. Harmony and peace is the focus and the cross becomes the rallying point. Think about it.

1 comment:

McElwain Hall said...

Give peace a chance.