“Blessed are the Peacemakers”

What if you were known as a peacemaker? What if you were an instigator of peace? What if you ran to conflict regularly and squashed squabbles before they escalated? What if you were the one that helped bring peace to your friends or family? You might bring them “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding.”

Don’t ignore conflict. Don’t pretend everything is alright. Don’t just “let it go”. Have a conversation about the conversation. Be a promoter of peace and run to conflict.

HOMEWORK

Book Recommendation:

“How to Have That Difficult Conversation You’ve Been Avoiding” by Henry Cloud

Romans 12:28 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

May we have courage, heart, and the words to run to, and engage in conflict well. May we have the humility to be peacemakers.

Primary text: Matthew 18:15, 23-24
Other texts in this message: James 1:19-20, 3:5; Ephesians 4:2-3; 4:26-27, Proverbs 15:1, 18:2,13; 20:12, 25:11; Galatians 6:1, Romans 12:18, Romans 12:28; Mark 12:30-31

WORSHIP SONG LIST

Your Grace is Enough written by Matt Maher and Chris Tomlin

Look and See written by Michael Bleecker and Ross King

Wonderful, Merciful Savior written by Dawn Rodgers and Eric Wyse

What a Beautiful Name written by Ben Fielding and Brooke Ligertwood

James 1:19-20, James 3:5; Ephesians 4:2-3; Ephesians 4:26-27, Proverbs 15:1, Proverbs 18:2, Proverbs 18:13; Proverbs 20:12, Proverbs 25:11; Galatians 6:1, Romans 12:18, Mark 12:30-31; Ken Bohney; Blessed are the Peacemakers; Run to Conflict; How to Have That Difficult Conversation; Romans 12:18, Matthew 18:15, Matthew 18:23-24

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