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Daily Reading: 11th September 2016

 

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Matthew 5.9 cont.

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

Matt 5.21-26.

Jesus also had other things to say about how to be peacemakers, and how to seek reconciliation with others.

[38] “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it.’

[39] But I say, don’t resist an evil person! If you are slapped on the right cheek, turn the other, too.

[40] If you are ordered to court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.

[41] If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.

 [42] Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.

 [43] “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Love your neighbour’ and hate your enemy.

[44] But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

[45] In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven  (NLT).

We will be looking at these verses in more detail later, but they are extremely important in the role of the peacemaker. The lovers of peace are following the heart of Jesus and our Heavenly Father. It is most regrettable that the church of Jesus has often torn itself apart because it set ideas and practice above the desire to be at peace with one another.

Most denominations have been formed because of a lack of peace between people of very different principles and teaching. Biblical truth is extremely important, and error must be confronted. At the same time this must be done with the desire to be at peace with all.

Our history has been littered with Christians persecuting other Christians because of adhering to Biblical truths and the confrontation of errors held by others within the church.

We can be thankful today that there are those parts of the Church of Jesus who seek to work together in the power of the Holy Spirit, despite differences that exist between them.

Do your part to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible – Romans 12.18 (NLT).

 

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