Blessed Are Week Seven from Central Women on Vimeo.
If you’ve ever stepped into peacemaking, you’ll find out pretty quickly how messy it can be. Peacemaking isn’t for the faint of heart, nor is it passive. Peacemaking is movement, action, it is taking initiative.
This week in the book study and in the video teaching, we’ll talk about stories of people in the Bible who exemplify peacemaking at its finest, (hint: Jesus is one of them!) as well as tangible applications to apply to our lives today.
But here’s what we need to remember: peacemaking isn’t needed when there is peace. Peacemaking is needed when there is conflict.
This beatitude tells us, when we step forward, lean into conflict and respond God’s way, we have taken on His character. When we act, respond and love the way our Father does, we truly are daughters of God.
Friends, we must love what He loves, offer grace the way He offers grace. We must pursue what He pursues. We must sacrifice for peace the way He sacrifices for peace.
God sacrificed his son, Jesus, to bring lasting peace between man and Himself.
As daughters of God, are you willing to make sacrifices for peace, the way God did? Study Questions and Further Reading:
Romans 12:18. We recognize that we can’t always achieve peace, especially with relationships. It’s simply not always up to us. But we can, as far as it is possible, strive for peace. Can you think of an area in your life where you can, as far as it depends on you, work for peace?
James 3:17: notice which comes first. Purity can never be compromised for peace. Can you think of a time or circumstance when you or someone might be compelled to compromise purity for peace?
Philippians 4:1-9. This chronicles the story of Euodia and Syntyche. Two women who were great leaders in their church in Philippi. Notice how Paul responds to these two women who are in conflict with each other. How does he encourage the two women? The other fellow leaders? Prayer:
Lord, the world we live in has ample opportunities for us to be peacemakers. Thank you for your example, for giving us a friend in Jesus, the Prince of Peace. May we seek your ways as we seek to be peacemakers today. In Jesus name, Amen.