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Foundations For Our Future #23

Foundations for Our Future (23)

by: The Rev. Dr. Jon Shuler

 

God is referred to in the Holy Scriptures as the God of Peace, and God’s Son is declared to be the Prince of Peace, so it should come as no surprise to us that Jesus declares his children to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). He has made peace for us by the blood of his cross. Peace between God and man, and peace between man and man.

Still, if we look about us in the world what we see everywhere is conflict and war. The natural state seems to be anything but peaceful. How can this be?

The absolutely irrefutable answer to that question is the biblical testimony that mankind has fallen from God’s intention in the Creation. The war between brother and brother, between man and wife, between tribe and nation, is rooted in the perverse and sinful human heart.

Our Lord Jesus has been taking his disciples through a series of declarations about blessedness, and they come in what would appear to be a reasoned order. If we are poor in spirit, if we mourn for our sinfulness, if we are meek and teachable, it will bring us to hunger and thirst after righteousness. That will lead directly to the change in us that demands mercy toward others, and that will require a pure heart.

To walk with the beatitudes, even for a few days, will draw us to see that God is calling us to be like him. His children are to bring peace and to make peace.