Beatitudes Part Four

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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.

Blessed are the Peacemakers

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.

To be at peace, we must love and forgive others the same way Jesus loved and forgave. Click To Tweet

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.

Blessed are the Persecuted

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.

In the face of unimaginable trails, we must not lose sight of loving and forgiving others as Christ did. Click To Tweet
“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

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18 thoughts on “Beatitudes Part Four

  1. Christina – United States – I am a writer, wife, and mom. God has lit a passion in me for pursuing thoughtful parenting. I am a seeker and investigator that likes to challenge the status quo. Also founder of Finally Family Homes - a ministry serving kids who are aging out of the foster care system in LA.
    Christina

    Good points. Being forgiving as Christ forgave – even when we are the midst of pain, trails, and persecution makes a powerful testimony – a witness to the power of Christ.

    Thanks Yvonne 🙂

  2. Yvonne, this was interesting to look at peace and persecution together. I like how you discussed living at peace with others only comes through the same love and forgiveness Christ compels us to act on. This series is over already?! It sure has been a great one!

  3. Unmasking the Mess – I'm a wife, mother, writer and Jesus follower. I make a lot of messes or seem to get into messes. I honestly admit that I need help from God every day. Unmask the mess with me and find out why messes might be good.
    Unmasking the Mess

    I’m enjoying this series! I pray I may grow into more peace as life’s struggles continue! 🙂

  4. lisamurrayblog – lisamurrayonline.com – Lisa is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Nashville, Tennessee. She received an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Trevecca University. A former of the worship team for the Women of Faith Conference, Lisa founded the Counseling Ministry at Grace Chapel Leipers Fork where, in addition to therapy services, she coordinates the family ministry programs, including Dynamic Marriage, Love & Respect, Parenting with Love and Logic, and Celebrate Recovery. Lisa specializes in individual healing and growth as well as relationship issues. In her writing and speaking Lisa enjoys exploring the topics of spiritual and emotional wholeness in people's lives and relationships. She and her husband live in Franklin, TN.
    Lisa Murray

    Yvonne, Great thoughts on the Beatitudes! I love the words, “The kingdom of Heaven awaits all those who suffer for Christ’s sake.” Amen. That brings peace. Thanks and blessings to you as well.

  5. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    authordlv

    I’m glad you posted about peace and persecution together, Yvonne. Peace surely helps us endure persecution. I think of Psalm 23 which comforts us with the fact that we can enjoy a banquet in the midst of our enemies. With God, we can be attacked and we don’t have to fight back.

  6. authordlv – Christian writer, author, blogger. Visit my site at https://www.stephendelavega.com.
    Stephen De La Vega

    I like that you included peace and persecution in the same post, Yvonne. Peace surely helps us endure persecution. I think of Psalm 23 which comforts us with the fact that we can enjoy a banquet in the midst of our enemies. With God, we can be attacked and we don’t have to fight back.

  7. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    The command to forgive is critical. May our eyes remain steady on Jesus, that we may respond with His grace in our world.

  8. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    Peace and persecution.
    Only in Christ can they exist side by side!

  9. 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

    Another beautiful post! Peacemakers are in high demand in our world of conflict and confrontation today. I love this: “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.” Yep. We cannot live this lifestyle without Jesus and the grace he gives.

  10. Stephen – Maine – Stephen, an Air Force veteran, runs a ministry called Friends Helping Friends, which reaches out to communities with food distribution, youth ministering and the Word of God. He wrote his first published book in 2010 and followed with a study guide for his book in 2011 titled "Acts the Next Generation". In 2011 he graduated from the Apostolic Training Ministry School where he now teaches his course, "Acts the Next Generation" as well as Adult Bible Study. He is a licensed Minster through Celebration Center in Fort Fairfield Maine and his goal will always be to continue to show the world Christ through his walk each day. Stephen and Barbara Lewis have been married since 1991 and have a heart for the Lord and love blessing others physically and spiritually. They live in Maine and have two wonderful children Samantha and Steven, A wonderful daughter In Law Victoria, as well as one Grandchild Xavier whom they Love all of them dearly.
    Stephen

    A-Men Sister very good points about these important verses in God’s Word…..

  11. 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

    “your reward is great in heaven” is a promise from God. When we face our persecutors with love, forgiveness, and mercy, we will be rewarded one day in eternity. But we are also rewarded now, with the peace we obtain from doing the selfless thing. What at timely post the day before Easter. Jesus is our example!

  12. 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

    I love this: “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.”

    Nice work! God bless! Happy Easter!

  13. “Sin has stolen our peace.” What a great intro to your post. I have enjoyed your posts on the Beatitudes. And particularly in this post is that the peace we so desperately seek stems from the state of our souls, rather than outside and eternal events. And I agree, to find peace we must start by loving and forgiving others, just as Jesus did and continues to do for us.

  14. I am so thankful that God’s peace is not based on my earthly circumstances! I always know when I’m experiencing His peace because it doesn’t entirely make sense according to the world. What an amazing God we serve!

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