Seeds of the Kingdom 20 August 2022 Daily Devotional || By Ellel Ministries International
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Blessed Are The Peacemakers
by Liz Griffin
SCRIPTURE: Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. – Matthew 5:9, NIV
Seeds of the Kingdom 20 August 2022 MESSAGE
What does the word ‘peace’ mean to you? In the Middle East it’s a customary greeting, whether in the Arabic or Hebrew language, ‘May peace be upon you’. It sounds like a prayer for blessing. ‘Hello’ or ‘good morning’ doesn’t seem half so significant. The Hebrew word ‘shalom’ has a richness of meaning and means everything that is good, health, prosperity, relaxation, laughter, good relationships, justice, harmony, fairness and righteousness.
When we are at war we lose everything we enjoy, all beauty, creativity of the arts and music, sport, games, and we are overtaken by evil, suffering, pain and death. Jesus wants us to bring peace to others.
So how do we do it? I suppose it starts with valuing relationships. Every Sunday in the Communion service at church we have the little ceremony of greeting one another with the words ‘Peace be with you’. It’s just a smile and a friendly handshake or an embrace, but I find these gestures are important in making relationships work. They bring a sense of acceptance and belonging and community.
When I lived in Tokyo and was surrounded by American friends I learned to ‘extend myself’ somewhat. British reserve often means people keep very much to themselves and are afraid of invading anyone else’s space. But the price we pay is often loneliness. Seeds of the Kingdom 20 August 2022
What do we do about conflict? It’s unavoidable so we might as well make up our minds what to do when it comes. Jesus wants us to restore relationships if possible. We need to pick our battles carefully. Some things are so trivial that they aren’t worth making a fuss about. We can forbear and refrain from comment and forgive.
Other things need confronting or things will definitely go from bad to worse. Yet confronting can be done respectfully and kindly but with firmness. It takes a lot of effort but we will save everybody from future stress if we can successfully diffuse situations of conflict, pouring oil on troubled waters.
The blessing for peacemakers is that they shall be called the ‘sons of God’. This means we are full heirs to the riches of our Father, knowing security in relationship with Him and having all authority which is rightfully ours.
Seeds of the Kingdom 20 August 2022 PRAYER
Please help me, Father, to value peacemaking in Your Kingdom and to do it for Your sake. I want to inherit all that You have for me, in Jesus’ name. Amen
Seeds of the Kingdom 20 August 2022 Daily Devotional written by Liz Griffin. Liz Griffin lived for 20 years as an expatriate in South Africa, Bahrain and Japan, as her husband Paul worked for an international oil company. Paul and Liz became involved with Ellel Ministries in 1991 as part of the ministry team and were also on the full-time team at Ellel Grange for 16 years. Paul and Liz teach and minister to those seeking healing in their lives and together have written two books, ‘Anger – How Do You Handle It’ and ‘Hope and Healing For The Abused’.