Daily Wisdom

Waging Peace – Matthew 5:9

Key Passage

"What great blessings there are for the people that work to bring peace! God will call them his sons and daughters."

— Matthew 5:9 ERV (Read Full Text)

Key Thought

"Wage Peace." That's a fairly popular bumper sticker around our neck of the woods. It's the grown up version of the old Hippie song, "All we are saying is give peace a chance." Deep in our hearts we know there is a tremendous difference between being a peace lover and a peace maker. Peace lovers like the calm and security and illusion of "giving peace a chance." But peace has no chance unless it is waged! Peace is not a state that results because of a lack of wars; peace is the result of work, character, and sacrifice of those who are peacemakers. They wage peace. They take risks; they forgive wrongs; and they compromise on personal demands without sacrificing personal integrity. They are willing to pay the price to make and preserve the peace with integrity. No wonder God calls such people his children; they're doing what is most like him!

Prayer

Loving and merciful God, thank you for providing the sacrifice which brought me peace with you. Forgive me when I have loved peacefulness more than I have loved pursuing peace. Please give me the integrity, character and fortitude to do today what brings peace in my work place, my home, and my heart. Through the blessed name of Jesus, who purchased my peace, I pray. Amen.

Related Scriptures

Then {the Ruler of Israel} will stand in the power of the Lord and in the wonderful name of the Lord his God and feed {the flock}. They will live {in peace} because at that time, his greatness will reach to the ends of the earth. There will be peace. Yes, the Assyrian army will come into our country and trample our large buildings. But the Ruler of Israel will choose seven shepherds and eight leaders.
Micah 5:4-5

Try to live in peace with all people. And try to live lives free from sin. If a person's life is not holy, then he will never see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14

The Lord says, "The mountains may disappear, and the hills may become dust. But my kindness will never leave you. I will make peace with you, and it will never end." The Lord shows mercy to you. And he is the One that said these things.
Isaiah 54:10

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