Please pray every day for people trying to make peace. They are heroes we can’t live without. They rise above the conflict du jour to pursue the harmony tomorrow might bring. Peace is very hard to come by, and most days everything is a struggle. We are battle hardened and ready for the next fight, but deep down we want even a little peace, because a little peace goes a long way.
Peacemaking isn’t an exclusive activity. Anyone may participate. “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family” (Matthew 5:9 MSG).
Blessed are the peacemakers who lean over a backyard fence to end a dispute between neighbors. Blessed are the peacemakers who calm a troubled marriage so a husband and wife can fall in love again. Blessed are the peacemakers who organize a prayer vigil on a blood-stained street. Blessed are the peacemakers who persuade irrational combatants to call a cease fire. Blessed are the peacemakers who unite opinionated people around one agenda. Blessed are messengers of the gospel who proclaim peace with God through the forgiveness of sins. Blessed are all peacemakers who give us a taste of heaven. Maybe we would have more peace on earth if we had a few more peacemakers.
Jason had a career as a teacher, counselor, and leader. He has written and spoken extensively on a variety of topics related to the Christian life. He has been a contributing writer for Time of Grace since 2010. He has authored Grace Moments devotions and Straight Talk Books including, Help Me, Jesus; One Day Full of Grace; and When in Doubt. Jason lives with his wife, Nancy, in Wisconsin.
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