A Blessed Life: Part IV

by APC on September 24, 2015

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake (Matthew 5:9–11, KJV).

Peacemakers

We are all humans and have a tendency to be governed by our emotions. When we allow our emotions to get out of control, we say things we regret. We are all guilty of this and have seen examples of this in others throughout our life. In a moment of emotion, our words offend others rather than draw them to Christ (Proverbs 18:19). Instead of causing conflict, we should be creating peace! Be a peacemaker!

When we strive to be a peacemaker, we do what’s right in a moment when chaos is prevalent—we try to resolve the situation. Love and peace should emulate from us in every situation and in every circumstance (Hebrews 12:14). When there’s a conflict, others should see the love of Jesus shining forth from us (Matthew 5:16).

Peacemakers will speak the truth, but will speak it in love (Ephesians 4:25). Peacemakers are humble (Proverbs 18:12) and know who is ultimately in control! To mediate any issue in life, we need to know how to let the Holy Ghost speak through us and not allow our own thoughts and ideas get in the way. We should be open to the truth God bestows upon us (Proverbs 12:15) and how to speak a soft word in the Holy Ghost (Proverbs 15:1).

If we are governed by the Holy Ghost in us, we can have peace come from us. Jesus can always create peace in the middle of the storm (Mark 4:36–40) and He can command peace to enter into our life! By the power of His name, we can speak peace into any situation and allow others to experience that peace the passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

The Persecuted

Persecution isn’t a word Christians like to hear. But, when we choose to lay aside everything else in life and serve the Lord, we will face persecution in our lifetime. Scripture tells us that when we serve the Lord, we will be rejected and abused by our peers. However, when we are persecuted, we’re persecuted for Jesus’ sake!

Jesus mentioned that if the world hates us it’s because the world hated Him long before (John 15:18–20). If Jesus faced persecution, His followers will be persecuted as well. Absence of persecution in our life should make us question if we’re truly a follower of Jesus or a follower of the world. Can we really be blessed (happy) without persecution in our life?

If we abide by the Word of God, we shall suffer persecution (II Timothy 3:12). Persecution will come in many forms—from those on this earth and from the prince of this world. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12, KJV). The devil gains great satisfaction when he thinks he’s affecting a child of God. But, nothing irritates him more than when a child of God continues to praise and give glory to God through every trial, tribulation, persecution, etc. We know the sufferings of this present time are not even comparable to the glory that will be revealed in us (Romans 8:18)!

If we can get a love for Jesus down in our heart that surpasses anything in this world, it won’t matter any type of persecution we face. We will count as a blessing—if we endure, we will receive the crown of life (James 1:12).

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on September 23, 2015 with Guest Speaker, Adam Ortega