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Daily Reading: 10th September 2016

Matthew 5.9 cont.

Wow the blessing of those loving peace, because sons of God they will be called.

Our whole political structure is what is known as adversarial, where various political parties see the other political parties as their adversaries.

There are those who are brought up in a household where there is unquestioning loyalty to one political party, being totally against any other party.

We have just gone through the process of the Conservative party choosing a new leader, and Prime Minister. The Labour Party is embarking on also choosing a new leader. The various opponents contend with each other to gain the upper hand.

Our political system is not one of peacemakers, but of a dominance that serves their own political ideology.

What does Jesus say?

The words of Jesus are very different from any attitude to be found in the world.

What Jesus tells us is quite straight forward and it is that those who love peace and seek to make peace are blessed.

They will be called sons of God.

A little later on Jesus goes on to tell us how to make peace:

[21] “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’

[22] But I say, if you are angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.

[23] “So if you are standing before the altar in the Temple, offering a sacrifice to God, and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,

[24] leave your sacrifice there beside the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.

[25] Come to terms quickly with your enemy before it is too late and you are dragged into court, handed over to an officer, and thrown in jail.

[26] I assure you that you won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny (NLT).

The words of Jesus may be uncomfortable reading, but they are the rails on which the train of peacekeepers run to the destination of peace with our Heavenly Father and one another.

 

 

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