“Pursuing Peace”

In Matthew 5:9 Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” A peacemaker is not a person who never speaks up or caves when confronted or challenged. A peacemaker is someone who creates peace when they can’t see it, seeks peace where they can’t find it, and forges peace out of the broken pieces of relationships. It is the person who stands between two friends to empathize and listen. Blessed are those who ferociously pursue peace.

HOMEWORK

Pray for a peacemaker. Maybe you have a broken relationship and long for peace, but you feel like you’ve exhausted all your options. Take some time this week to pray for a true companion who might be able to help bring reconciliation.

Be a peacemaker. Peacemakers are not easily offended, they aren’t defensive, and they know how to hold their tongue. They are good listeners and can empathize even when they don’t agree.

Be someone’s peacemaker. Maybe you will be able to bring two people together by being a true companion.

Equip yourself for peacemaking. Learn to resolve conflict with grace and peace.

Book Recommendations:

“Crucial Conversations” this book will give you the tools you need to have conversations when the stakes are high.

“How to Have That Difficult Conversation” by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend; this book gives practical advice on how to handle confrontation.

“Everybody Wins” by Gary Chapman; this book will teach you how to listen empathetically and respect the opinion of your spouse.

Read or memorize Hebrews 12:14

Primary text: Matthew 5:3-10
Other texts in this message: Philippians 2:2, Philippians 5 & 4:1-8,12-13, Colossians 3:15, Ephesians 4:3, Romans 14:19, Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14

WORSHIP SONG LIST

Cornerstone Edward Mote, William B. Bradbury, Eric Liljero, Jonas Myrin, and Reuben Morgan

Holy Spirit Brian and Katie Torwalt

Holy Spirit Come Kate Miner

This I Believe Matt Crocker and Ben Fielding

SEARCHABLE  CONTENT

Troy Champ, The Good Life, Pursuing Peace, Philippians 2:2, Philippians 5 & 4:1-8,12-13, Colossians 3:15, Ephesians 4:3, Romans 14:19, Romans 12:18, Hebrews 12:14, Matthew 5:3-10

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