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9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (Hebrews12:14)


The seventh ring of the bell of God’s delight calls you to the service of peace. The faithful one does not live for himself. He does not relax into laziness and selfishness. He rather goes out as an intercessor between God and men and invites the perishing into peace with God. Tell people how the heavenly peace came to dwell in your heart. Call them to faith and hope. Then you are one in harmony with the Spirit of Christ and you become a brother of Christ, who by His death reconciled the world to God His Father. He wants to spread His peace all over the world. God in His love receives you into His heavenly family, then sends you to others to bring the message of peace to them. But never forget that there is no peace without the cross, and he who wishes to make peace without the Prince of Peace will definitely fail.
The peacemakers shall be called sons of God. The everlasting Lord will accept them as “His sons” and send them as peacemakers into the world full of hatred. God Himself is the God of peace; his only Son is the Prince of Peace; the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Peace. God has revealed Himself to us as our forgiving Father, but He will not accept those who are implacable in their enmity to one another. If the peacemakers are blessed, woe to the peace-breakers!
Christ never intended to have His religion spread by sword or fire, or penal laws, or to acknowledge bigotry, or intemperate zeal, as the mark of His disciples. The children of this world love to fish in troubled waters, but the children of God are the “peace-makers,” the “quiet in the land” (Psalm 35:20).
There was a critical objection on the ground that there is a difference and contradiction between this verse and the word of Jesus, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34). Christ is the real Prince of Peace who commands all his followers, “Love your enemies, bless those who curse you,” and “Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also,” and “I tell you, not to resist an evil person,” and similar verses (Matthew 5:38-48).
He nonetheless says, “I did not come to bring peace but a sword.” His purpose in this statement is not to create dissension and dispute or to remove love and peace. His purpose is to make a clear distinction between holiness and filthiness. There can be no agreement between His pure truthful spirit and the corrupt principles of those that have deviated from the truth and strayed from the right path by lying. Christ has come to create a distinction between truth and untruth, between light and darkness. Many young believers struggle with this call of Christ. They will not die in the struggle with themselves, but will suffer in their struggle with their relatives and friends who want to turn them away from truth. How often a new believer has acted in opposition to his parents out of love for his own salvation. How often a believer has preferred to follow the gospel and as a result enrage his relatives, friends and parents because he looks forward to that which is more lasting and better.

Prayer
Question
How will Christ use you to bring peace to others?
PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 – 4:25)
PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 – 11:1)
PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)
PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 – 20:34)
PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 – 25:46)
PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)
PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)