The Beatitudes – Peacemaker and Persecuted

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I find it very interesting to look at these two Beatitudes together in one blog; blessed are the peacemakers and the persecuted. They seem at opposite ends of the world. The word peace feels calming and beautiful. Jesus gives us His peace in John 14:27 ” Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you.” We all dream of world peace, a time when everyone lives together in harmony. God even calls us to peacefulness in the fruits of the spirit in Galatians 5:22. We all crave peace, and God calls us to be peaceful creatures, I think it remains elusive for most of us in today’s society. Sin has stolen our peace.

Peace must first come from within our souls. To be at peace, we must love and forgive others the same way Jesus loved and forgave. We must try to live out each of the other Beatitudes by being poor in Spirit, mournful, meekness, hunger for righteousness, merciful and pure of heart. Make such choices will give us internal peace and then we can offer that peace to those around us. Some will want such peace, but others will reject it to try to gain the world. Those who obtain peace and share it with others will be called the children of God.

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Even if we define our lives around the Beatitudes, life will not always be rosy. As long as sin exists in the world, believers in Christ will face persecution. Men have reviled Christians since time began and it continues to this day. Churches get burned down; prison time awaits many believers and martyrdom still happen. And the Bible tells us that persecution will continue to increase.

In the face of unimaginable trails, we must not lose sight of loving and forgiving others as Christ did. In Matthew, God reminds us to rejoice and be glad when we suffer for the Gospel’s sake. But, is that something I could do? I pray for God’s peace to fill my heart if I ever face such circumstances. But I also pray never to suffer persecution. Luke 12:12 assures us “for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” God will be with us in the trial. The kingdom of Heaven awaits all those who suffer for Christ’s sake.

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“Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:11-12).

As we wrap up this look at the Beatitudes, I pray for each of us to take them to heart and put them into practice. May the peace of God be with you today and always. May He give you the strength to face your daily challenges and may He bring each of us into life eternal with Him.

Blessings,

Yvonne – #blogger, #speaker, and #author

Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, GO and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.”

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16 thoughts on “The Beatitudes – Peacemaker and Persecuted

  1. Marcie Cramsey – Culpeper, Virginia – Marcie Cramsey who has been a Children's Minister/Leader for over 30 years lives in Fredericksburg, Va. Her number one passion is loving Jesus Christ. Second to that is her family. She will say that filling the roles of wife and mother is the highest honor that God has allowed her to fill. She spends her days serving others, reading, writing, and hiking and biking (when weather permits). She has been married for 30+ years to her best friend, Dan. They both have four wonderful grown children. Marcie recently published a book for parents, titled "Deep and Wide: Raising Children Deep in Jesus and Wide in Influence." This book teaches parents how to raise their children through relationship. It's been called "the most unique parenting book written." You can purchase this book at Amazon and Westbow Press.com.
    Marcie Cramsey

    This is a tough one to live out. We may not be persecuted in America the same way others overseas are, but we can often be persecuted in other ways. I think of those who are living through divorce. Or those who have been hurt by people in the church. This is a painful experience for many.

    As the Psalmist says, “Now, it is not an enemy who insults me- otherwise I could bear it; it is not a foe who rises up against me- otherwise I could hide from him. But it is you, a man who is my peer, my companion and good friend! We used to have close fellowship; we walked with the crowd into the house of God” (Psalm 51:12-14).

    When we encounter persecution of this sort it can be hard to forgive. But I agree with you, Yvonne, “To be at peace, we must love and forgive others the same way Jesus loved and forgave.” Peace comes at a cost, but to do as Jesus did, it’s worth the sacrifice. Great post!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      You are right. Thanks

  2. It’s so important to remember that the peace Jesus promises doesn’t mean we won’t be persecuted. I find myself getting frustrated at persecution, but then I realize how much of a blessing it is because it reminds me where my hope is!

  3. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    nancyehead

    Great insight in pairing these beatitudes.

  4. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    Loving and forgiving can be hard at times. I am thankful God is working in my heart every moment so I can shine His love to others.

  5. Heather Hart – Heather Hart is an internationally best-selling and award winning author, book lover, author coach at TrainingAuthors.com and owner of BooklyBooks.com. With the heart of an author, she enjoys working from home where she spends her days typing away at her computer, brainstorming new marketing ideas, reading new books, and encouraging those around her. Heather's desire is to help others successfully publish and market their books while continuing to author, contribute to, and market multiple book marketing and faith-based books herself - and to have fun doing it! In her free time Heather writes and edits devotions for teens girls for the website, FindYourTrueBeauty.com and volunteers for multiple other Christian websites. When she's not reading, writing, or marketing, Heather loves spending time outdoors and seeing God's beautiful creation all around her. Heather lives in Texas with her husband, Paul, and their four energetic children.
    Heather Hart

    I think oftentimes it is the peacemakers / peaceful ones who are persecuted the most. And you’re right, when that happens we are called to love and forgive.

  6. Love it, Yvonne. Thanks for presenting the truth even when it’s hard. Just like when my husband preaches, I don’t want things to tickle my ears, I want truth. And I strive for it when speaking and writing. It is interesting peacemakers and persecuted are together. Often our lack of peace is due to sin or not forgiving when others wrong us. Thanks for this fresh insight!

  7. Lynn J Simpson – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – A life coach, writer, and photographer, I love to share information including pretty finds! I love books, music, nature, flowers, and all things pretty. A mom, grandma, and career girl, learning life one step at a time.
    Lynn J Simpson

    May the peace of God be with you too, today Yvonne. Thank you for this series on the Beatitudes. I’ve learned and grown in my understanding of them.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thank you too

  8. ordinarilyextraordinarymom – New Orleans, LA – My name is Brittany Bonnaffons, and I feel like I should have life figured out by now. I also feel like the world judges us by unrealistic standards. I have dedicated this blog to challenging standards and instead embracing yourself for who you are - ordinarily extraordinary.
    ordinarilyextraordinarymom

    I have always loved the beatitudes and I think the peacemakers are my favorite set of people. They are so relaxing to be around…them and the out of heart. May Jesus help us to be peacemakers even in the midst of chaos. May He use us to shine because of life and in spite of life.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Amen to that thought

  9. Amen! May we continually depend on God for grace to do right even in these days are chaos, trials and persecution. Thanks for sharing, Yvonne. Blessings to you.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Blessings to you too

  10. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Since we’re on both sides of this one – peacemakers and persecuted – living this out requires incredible balance and grace! Keeping our eyes on Jesus, being aware of his nearness, and rejoicing in even this gets us through it, as you point out to us. Great encouragement today!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne

      Thanks

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