This seems to be too much an overlooked beatitude. There are many people who are really strife-makers, rather than peacemakers.
LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
📆 Thursday, November 16, 2017 – International Day for Tolerance
📖 READ:Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.(Matthew 5:9)
They do not seek to heal estrangements among others, to prevent quarrels and contentions, and to bring together those who have begun to drift apart. Indeed, their whole influence goes toward widening bridges, intensifying bitterness, and fuelling anger and hatred. When they find in anyone, a germ of suspicion or dislike of another, they stimulate the evil growth. Is it not time that we should get our Lord’s beatitude down, out of the skies and begin to work it into our lives? Is it not time that we should become peacemakers in a world whose beauty is marred by so much strife?
The peace-making spirit is divine. No one in heaven finds delight in separating friends. Just so far, as we get the peace-making spirit into our lives, do we bear the mark of God’s image. To be peacemakers, we must receive the peace of God into our hearts and make definite efforts to be at peace with all men (Roman 12:18). But, further, we are also to strive to make and promote peace among others. Our ministry is not to be confined to the settlement of great quarrels, but may find even its most fruitful work in the healing of the petty contentions which we discover all around us.
Whenever we find a man angry with another, we should seek to remove the angry feeling. We should go all-out to heal the little cracks in others’ friendships, and seek to change into kindly thoughts, the unkind thoughts in people’s minds. Nothing makes meaning to our Lord Jesus Christ, than to seek always to promote peace between men, to keep people from drifting apart, and to get them to live together, more lovingly. It is a difficult but not an impossible task.
1. Dear peaceful Lord, make me a peacemaker wherever I am.
2. Every contentious spirit, give way right now, to the peaceful Spirit of Christ, in the lives of every believer, in Jesus name.
3. Lord, intervene in every conflict within the body of Christ and let there be peace, in Jesus name.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Ecclesiastes 4 – 10