by John Cortright
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Jesus taught us how to live in his day and time, and these principles are still true today, even in times like these in which we find ourselves in 2020.
Matthew 5:1-16 The beatitudes or “blessed attitudes” provide us with guidance as to how we as disciples of Jesus should conduct our lives.
Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers. Where are the peacemakers today? It is time for us, as Jesus’s disciples, to be peacemakers in this world that has so much hate, so much division, so much confusion, so many hurtful words, so much ungodly attitudes and actions that bring disorder and pandemonium. Where are the peacemakers?
Hebrews 12:14 Pursue peace and not strife, division, envy, anger, pride, jealousy, factions, disputes, dissensions, carousing (works of the flesh – Galatians 5:19-21).
Romans 12:18 Be at peace with all men – “as far as it depends on you.”
Ephesians 6:15; Romans 10:15; Isaiah 52:7 The gospel we share is a gospel of peace. This is the path we should walk. Our feet should walk in this path and bring peace to the world. This is part of the armor of God from Ephesians chapter 6.
Luke 1:79 Follow Jesus. He will guide our feet into the way of peace. Do not follow the ways of the world which do not know the path of peace (Romans 3:13-18; Isaiah 59:4-8).
How to be a peacemaker
Keep your mind on God. Isaiah 26:3
Be quick to hear, slow to speak. Listen to other points of view. James 1:19; Proverbs 18:13
Don’t offend. If you do, reconcile quickly. Walk in a spirit of gentleness and forgiveness. Proverbs 15:18; 17:14; 18:19; Matthew 5:23-26; 18:15; Luke 17:1-4; Galatians 6:1
Don’t get angry and stir up strife. Proverbs 14:29; 5:18; 16:32; 17:14; 19:11; 20:3; Ecclesiastes 7:9
Be careful what you say. Speak words to edify and build up. Proverbs 15:2; 8:13; 17:28; 29:20; Ephesians 4:31; Colossians 3:8; Romans 14:19
Don’t judge. Matthew 7:1-5
Overcome evil with good. Romans 12:18-21; James 3:13-18
May the peacemakers rise up and let their lights shine in times like these!