Daily D – Matthew 5:9
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Who is the most peaceful being in existence? Hint: It is also the one who is the most joyful. He is also the very definition of love.
Our Father in heaven is eternally in perfect peace. If we ever find ourselves in a truly peaceful state, it is because we are in deep communion with him.
In a day when politicians and religious leaders, among others, simply want to fight, fight, fight, our Father in heaven wants peace, peace, peace. He wants it for you, and he wants it for me. He wants it in our lives for everyone to see.
If you want people to know you know Jesus, you don’t have to start every conversation with, “Hi, I’m Dave and I love Jesus. Do you?” Instead, you show them the face of Christ at the point of their need.
It’s like writing a scene. Which is more picturesque:
Bob was annoyed. His agitation was about to drive him to lash out in anger.
Bob stood with hands on his hips, his eyes were fixed like lasers, his breathing pattern indicated he was about to blow.
Now, consider the face of peace.
“‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked him. The blind man said, ‘Rabbi, I want to see.’ ‘Go,’ said Jesus, ‘your faith has healed you.’ Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road,” (Mark 10:51, 52).
What did the formerly blind man see when he looked at Jesus? Don’t you think it was peace, love, and joy?
Here are some thoughts worth thinking and some actions worth taking:
- Peaceful people do not bully.
- Peaceful people do not shove.
- Peaceful people do not shout in anger.
- Peaceful people listen more than they talk.
- Peaceful people live unhurried lives.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid,” (John 14:27).
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone,” (Romans 12:18).
Just so you know, there are a lot more verses like these in the Bible.
We are never more like God than when we lead with love, make peace, and spread joy.
Our Father, make me a peacemaker. Empower me to live at peace with everyone as far as it depends on me. Overflow my life with your love and joy. Make me the kind of man others enjoy being around. Amen.
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Daily D – Job 19:23-24
Job 19:23, 24 “Oh, that my words could be recorded. Oh, that they could be inscribed on a monument, carved with an iron chisel and filled with lead, engraved forever in the rock.”
Daily D – Job 14:14-17
Job 14:14-17 “Can the dead live again? If so, this would give me hope through all my years of struggle, and I would eagerly await the release of death. You would call and I would answer, and you would yearn for me, your handiwork. For then you would guard my steps, instead of watching for my sins. My sins would be sealed in a pouch, and you would cover my guilt.”
Daily D – Psalm 5:3
Psalm 5:3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.
Daily D – Psalm 4:8
Psalm 4:8 “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.”
Daily D – Luke 10:5-6
Luke 10:5, 6 “Whenever you enter someone’s home, first say, ‘May God’s peace be on this house.’ If those who live there are peaceful, the blessing will stand; if they are not, the blessing will return to you.”