Hearing God's Call to Be Peacemakers
Five Blessings for the Six Senses
Series Part 3: HEARING
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Matthew 5:9
Are You a Child of God?
What is a Child of God?
A child of God is made from a combination of surrender and creation.
John 1:10-13 tells us: He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Not All Humans Are Born Again
Becoming a child of God is not like a participation trophy.
Consider John 3:17: For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
Do You Want to Work for Peace?
When it comes to being a peacemaker, you don't want to lean on grace, you want to be a practitioner of peace.
• Surrender your self.
Romans 10:9-13 tells us:
Because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
• Surrender your sins as well as the sin others have sinned against you.
We read this in Matthew 6:14-15:
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
• Ask God to begin the process of becoming a child of God and be born again.
Read again John 1:12-13:
But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Become a Peacemaker like Joseph
We read his life story in Genesis.
Consider this account in Genesis 50:14-21.
After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.
When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.”
So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.”
Joseph wept when they spoke to him. His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.”
But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.”
Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.