We are looking today at the subject of forgiveness. To forgive a person who has hurt you deeply may be the greatest challenge you ever face and the greatest gift you ever give. Imagine standing right next to a hurdle on a racetrack. You are right up against it. You...
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” (Matthew 5:9)
Why? Because God has peace in Himself. Think of all that Scripture says about peace in relation to God. Let’s gaze on the glory of God together for a moment.
The Bible describes God as the God of Peace (Hebrews 13:20; 1 Thessalonians 5:23; Romans 15:33). God has peace in Himself. Think of the complexity of the Trinity and all God is. There is no tension between Father, Son, and Spirit. The persons of the Trinity are one in purpose, one in love. God is the God of peace.
Our Lord Jesus Christ is described as “the Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6). When He came into the world, the angels said “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace! Goodwill towards men!”
The Bible says that Christ is our peace. All our peace is going to come from Him and through Him. He came into the world to make peace, and He did it by shedding His blood on the cross (Colossians 1:19-20).
The Holy Spirit is “the Spirit of Peace” (Matthew 3:16). When Jesus was baptized, Matthew tells us that the Spirit of God descended on Him as a dove. Everyone knows that the dove is the symbol of peace.
The greatest revelation of the glory of God ever to be made in this world was at the cross where His love and His justice meet. Why are His love and His justice meeting there? Because He’s making peace.
God’s glory is revealed most fully in His making peace through the cross. When you make peace, you display His likeness.
Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.” When you make peace, you reflect the likeness of God. People see a reflection of His glory. Think about how God makes peace, and what it’s going to take for you to do this hard work.