Part 8: Blessed are the peacemakers

I am always moved by the awards ceremony to unsung men women and children who have rescued or saved a persons’ life. A lifeguard diving into a stormy sea, an old man grabbing a robbers’ gun, a child calling 911 as their mum lies beaten and unconscious. People who are willing to risk failure or harm in standing up for those in need.

As we look at the eighth beatitude we are reminded that the disciple is a person who gets involved in the muck and mire of this world’s brokenness. We are not called to simply observe or try to maintain the status quo. We are called to bring about peace, harmony, reconciliation even if this brings us into conflict and misunderstanding.

Questions

1: What is the difference between a peace keeper and peace maker? Which are you? Are there current battles you are engaging with internally that you feel ground is either being lost or gained? Do you agree that the biggest battle you must win is with your mind?

2: Where in your world is there a conflict and injustices? What do you think can be done to bring about a change for good and the rule and reign of Jesus?

3: In developing a prayer life with Jesus is there a place regularly to pray for the world in conflict and particularly for the persecuted church? Share examples and resources available to help you be at war with the enemy of our souls.

 

 

Questions

1: What is the difference between a peace keeper and peace maker? Which are you? Are there current battles you are engaging with internally that you feel ground is either being lost or gained? Do you agree that the biggest battle you must win is with your mind?

2: Where in your world is there a conflict and injustices? What do you think can be done to bring about a change for good and the rule and reign of Jesus?

3: In developing a prayer life with Jesus is there a place regularly to pray for the world in conflict and particularly for the persecuted church? Share examples and resources available to help you be at war with the enemy of our souls.

 

 

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