Keeping The Peace

Peace

 

Matthew 5:9

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

Every once and awhile you come across a verse that isn’t as glamorous as, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” or “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Sometimes the word of God will do what no other book can really do as well, and that’s challenge you and also call you up to a higher way of living. That single verse in Matthew chapter 5 does exactly that. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

I’m a son, a brother, a boyfriend, an employee, a cousin and a friend and if there is one thing that being all of those things has in common, it’s the fact that there will be disagreements. I find that it’s number one, inevitable, but also healthy if we can look at them the right way. It’s the way that we handle these disagreements that will determine how situations and even relationships will turn out. I don’t know if you have ever had a time where you found yourself in an argument and you just stopped and thought to yourself, “What am I even arguing about?”. I know I have, times where I can get so bent on arguing a point that I get lost in the arguing and don’t even know why it is that I am so heated. With that example and Matthew 5:9 in mind it brings me to what I want to say.

If we are going to succeed in our relationships, there will be times where we will have to want to make peace over wanting to be right.

I’ll be the first to admit that this is a hard to do. I know that in the moment you want to get angry, you want to give into emotions, sometimes you want to keep the arguing going. It’s almost like sometimes we feel that once we start arguing there has to be a winner, but the thing about that is that whoever wins we all lose. My mom always says, “you have to pick your battles”. If we are honest with ourselves and even take a second to look back on even this past week, the things we have chosen to go to war over most likely don’t even matter that much. Also think about the people who we are arguing with, the ones who mean everything to us, why do we want to cause them any pain. Today, wherever you are at let me say that I know we are all works in progress, but the important thing is that we make the progress.

Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

It is a hard verse for sure but let me encourage you, God never would have allowed it to be written down and put in the Bible if it wasn’t something He desired for you and I, and was willing to walk with us until we have accomplished His will in that particular area. So the next time that you find yourself about to respond with anger or talk back or argue, remember how much love you have for the person. Remember that God wants us to be ones who sow peace not discord, and if we are going to do that we will have to sometimes be willing to make peace over making our point.

 

God bless,

Terry Molinaro

 

 

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Keeping The Peace

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I remember listening to someone talk about how they knew someone who read books very differently than most people. They had to start by reading the ending. Apparently, it was because they didn’t want to start the book and invest the time in reading it if the ending didn’t turn out well. Personally, I think that ruins the imagination aspect of reading a book and even takes out some of the fun, but it got me thinking. If I knew the ending to a few things in my life, it would certainly be easier to keep going when maybe I got to a place that was difficult to get through, or maybe not very interesting.

We live in a day and age where we all have access to amazing opportunities via the internet and social media. For example, my younger cousin blew me away when she showed me that she made her own website and is selling iPhone cases directly to consumers by target advertising to a specific demo on Facebook. Over the past little while I’ve been listening to people’s stories, and the opportunities that are available to us via the internet and even social media just blows me away.  Sometimes opportunity can come to us and if we aren’t careful it can replace our purpose.

Talking about reading the end of a book, the last two verses in the Bible say this, “He who testifies to these things say, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” I don’t know if you’ve ever read the Bible, or what that verse even means to you. When I think about the beginning of creation in Genesis, when I think about the Israelites and Psalms and the prophets and Jesus and His ministry and the book of Acts and then the telling of the end of days and suddenly it ends with, “Surely, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.” There’s a sense of urgency that really stands out to me. I know that for generations people have said that their generation was the final generation, that God was going to come back in their day and age. If we get into the Word, we can see things unfolding in todays day and age that have never been before. I don’t know what it is, but in my spirit I feel a sense of urgency, like something is coming, I feel like the days of a 9-5 job, go home, save for retirement and die with the mortgage and white picket fence are coming to an end. Now I don’t want this to come across as scary even though it can easily be, today I just wanted to take a second to encourage you as well as remind you that in a day full of opportunities, don’t lose your purpose. Don’t lose the calling that God has placed on your life. Don’t let it go to waste or ignore it or put other things as priority over it. Even if you are at a job right now or heading towards a career path, let me challenge you to get into the Word, seek God for His purpose and plans for your life, where He wants you to be, then never look back. A big lie that we believe is that we all have unlimited time, or someone else will do it, someone else will do the work. While there is truth in the fact that if we don’t do what God has for each of us to do, it will be given to someone else who will, there are things that God made each of us to do. If we don’t get ahold and walk into them, what’s the point of our lives? The truth is, there’s only one me and there’s only one you, we are the body of Christ, which means that we are all equally important, but it also means that if we are going to be a healthy body we all need to do our part. Are we?

 

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