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Daily Reading: 12th September 2016

 

Matthew 5.9 cont.

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

It is a great blessing to be called a son of God, and that is what those who love peace will be called.

Today is the 15th July 2016. Last night at least 84 people were killed in Nice, France, by a terrorist, and many more have been seriously injured. This was a devastating attack on ordinary people who were out enjoying themselves.

The man who carried out this terrible attack was not a lover of peace, nor is anyone who also engages in such attacks.

In the aftermath of such horror the natural human reaction is for retaliation of some sort or another. However, whereas justice needs to be addressed it is vitally important that the followers of Jesus be the peace makers in His name.

Peace makers love peace and they seek peace.

True peace can only come through a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we receive Him as our Lord and Saviour we welcome into our hearts the Prince of Peace. That is the description of Jesus that was prophesied about Him by Isaiah:

For a Child is born to us, a Son is given to us. And the government will rest on His shoulders. These will be His royal titles: Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9.6 (NLT).

Since we receive Him as the Prince of Peace we are also the propagators of His peace.

We have become the sons of God. John wrote these words:

12 But as many as received Him, to those believing in His name, He gave to them the right to become the children of God,

13 who were not born of blood, neither from the will of human nature, neither of the will of a husband, but from God – John 1.12-13.

He also wrote:

Look at the kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called the children of God, and we are. The reason the world does not know us is because it did not know Him – 1 John 3.1.

As God’s children we are children of peace, and so display our true spiritual parentage.

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