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Blessed are the Peace Makers
January 12, 2020
Thought for Today by Angus Buchan
While reading a beautiful devotional written by Thomas Kempis. He lived five hundred years ago. He wrote about living a peaceable life. He says, "Keep yourself first in peace, and then you shall be able to pacify others. A peaceable man does more good than he who is well learned."
The best way to fight a fire is not to pour more petrol on the flames, but rather to abstain and allow the fire to go out by itself. Jesus speaks about a man who strikes you on the cheek, we should give him the other cheek also. I believe it takes a man to do that. As a youngster, I always thought "the real man" was the man who could not only defend himself, but who would beat the other man. As I am growing older, I realize that it takes a real man to turn the other cheek, especially if the accusation against you has no truth in it.
When Jesus was standing before Pontius Pilate, who wanted to substantiate the false accusations made against him, I believe he really believed that Jesus was innocent. He wanted to release him, but he wanted Jesus to speak up. The Bible says that Jesus said nothing. I believe that Pontius Pilate knew that Jesus was innocent, because he washed his hands of the case and said to the Jews "you deal with him". It takes incredible strength and manliness to be able to say nothing. The Lord wants you and I, to become known as men and women of peace, not men and women of war.
You see, if you have no peace within yourself, you can never be an advocate of peace to others. Jesus said "Blessed are the peace makers", not the peace lovers. There is a big difference. A peace maker is prepared to die in order for the Prince of Peace to be exalted. That is exactly what all of the disciples did and many martyrs after them. People in the world are craving to get alongside people who are filled with peace. I encourage you to spend more time with the Lord in these last days. Jesus says in John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.". Let us start to live what we believe. Let us start to live what we say. Let us start to be doers of God's Word. Let us start to pray for those who purposely abuse us and say all manner of evil against us for the sake of the Gospel.
I was reminded of the three questions the Holy Spirit asked me on my way to our very first event in Ladysmith, a small town in South Africa:
The first question was "Are you prepared to be a fool for Me?" The answer was very simple "yes, Lord you know I am a fool anyway".
The second question was "Are you prepared for people to say all manner of evil about you for My Name's sake?" I could honestly say "yes Lord, by your grace, I will do it".
The third question (the one which I am still struggling with) was "Are you prepared to see less of your family for My Name's sake?" And I said "yes Lord, only by your grace".
I want to say to you my friend if your faith is costing you nothing at this time, it is worth nothing. We do not have to be controversial as believers, we just need to live the life as Christ would have and preach the Gospel according to the Bible.”
Quote for Today
“Rain and sun are to the flower as praise and encouragement are to the human spirit.”
Mother Basilea Schlink’s Attitude for Today
"Use your tongue, which has been given to you by God, to speak kind, gentle, reconciliatory words, and one day you will hear merciful words from the lips of God."
Mother Basilea Schlink
Proverb for Today
“If you claim that he said something that he never said, he will reprimand you and show that you are a liar."
Word from Scripture for Today
Dear friends, "If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land."