September 18
Matthew 5:1-10

“Blessed are …”

While Jesus was in Galilee, He took Peter and the other disciples up onto a hill and said to them:

“Blessed are those who rely on God completely, for they will become part of God’s heavenly kingdom.

Blessed are those who are sad, for in their sadness they will experience the loving comfort of God the Father.

Blessed are those who are humble and gentle, for they will receive what God has promised.

Blessed are those who long to do what God wants, for God will fill them with His Spirit.

Blessed are those who show mercy and are quick to forgive, for God will be merciful to them.

Blessed are those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God and live with Him.

Blessed are peacemakers who spread the peace of God to others, for they will be called the children of God.

Blessed are those who are treated harshly because they love God, for happy days are waiting for them in heaven.”

What is a peacemaker?

When the angels told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus, they said, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to those with whom He is pleased” Luke 2:14. Jesus came to bring peace on earth and we, as His children, are peacemakers.

Being a peacemaker is more than stopping a fight at school or yelling at your friends to quit arguing. To be a peacemaker, we need to spend time with God so that His peace can fill our hearts. When we have peace in our hearts, our words of kindness and wisdom can bring peace to troubled situations around us. Pray for those who need God’s peace in their lives!

Verse for today                    

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:3