Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Jesus, in His Sermon on the Mount, describes and identifies characteristics of a Christian who is seeking life as a disciple.
In Matthew 5:9, Jesus is stating that ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God’. It means that those who put their faith in Him and actively pursue peacemaking will receive the eternal reward of being called children of God, as they reflect the Father's character of peace and unity.
The peacemakers are called children of God simply because they have been given new hearts through Jesus and are reflecting the peace of God as they are made more and more like Him. Their eternal reward for following Jesus and emulating the peace of Christ is to be welcomed into the family of God.
Let's pursue peacemaking and receive the eternal reward of being called children of God.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
God is trustworthy even when you don’t see your prayers answered or problems solved right away. Life is unpredictable and difficult at times, and that difficulty may persist for longer than you had hoped.
Wait, trust, and remember that God loves you. You can trust Him to sustain you, provide for you and be with you even in the midst of your hardship. Jesus guaranteed His followers that they would face hard times (John 16:33), but He promised that He would always be with them (Matthew 28:20).
God is completely trustworthy, but He does not ask you to trust Him blindly. He wants you to learn to trust Him as you get to know Him. You can get to know God through personal time with Him and through His Word. Spend time exploring aspects of His trustworthiness in verses of Scripture.
In times of doubt, remember His promises. Remember who He has always been. Even in doubt and uncertainty, if you keep going to Him, He will continually show Himself to be trustworthy.
God works for the good of those who love Him. Trust His plans and His ways.
1 Samuel 2:1-2, “Then Hannah prayed and said: ‘My heart rejoices in the LORD; in the LORD my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.’”
Hannah in the old testament, prayed for a son. She was praying so hard that her lips were moving but no sound came out so that the priest, Eli, thought she was drunk. God answered her prayers, opening her barren womb, giving her a son. The sincere prayers of a mother moved God’s heart.
One of the best gifts we can give our children is the gift of prayer. Keep asking. Keep seeking. Keep knocking. You have a Heavenly Father who’s eager to answer. Not only prayers for physical protection, but more importantly, spiritual protection for their minds and hearts.
The future may be uncertain, but God is unchanging and fully capable of taking care of your children.
We are ever grateful for our praying Mothers. Happy Mother’s Day!
“You are worthy, O Lord, To receive glory and honor and power; For You created all things, And by Your will they exist and were created.”
To glorify God is to honor Him for who He really is. God has glory because He is infinitely valuable. Human beings have glory because we are created in the image of the One who is all-glorious (Genesis 1:27).
Honor originates in our hearts and refers to the value we personally place on something or someone. How do we honor God?
We honor God by being His temple ( 1 Corinthians 6:19).
We honor God by our wealth (Proverbs 3:9).
We honor God by living lives devoted to Him (Romans 14:8).
We honor God with pure heart (Isaiah 29:13).
We honor God by seeking Him continually (1 Chronicles 16:11).
When we make choices that reflect the place He has in our hearts, we bring Him the greatest honor.