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Blessed Are the Peacemakers (8 of 9)
*I heard a story about a 4 year-old and a 6 year-old who presented their mom with a houseplant. They had used their own money to buy it and she was thrilled. The older of them said with a sad face, ''There was a bouquet at the flower shop that we wanted to give you. It was real pretty but it was too expensive. It had a ribbon on it that said 'Rest In Peace,' and we thought it would be just perfect since you are always asking for a little peace so that you can rest.*
If I asked you to use one word to describe your family, your home, your job, your marriage, your life - what would that word be? Would it be ''peaceful''? Probably not. We live in a world that deeply longs for peace but greatly lacks peace. *We have a 7, 5, 3 and 1 year-old. Some days peaceful is the LAST word that would come to mind! That's why we call our home, Beautiful Chaos.*
*Someone has pointed that over the last 4,000 years of human history, there have been less than 300 years of peace. The lack of peace prompted one historian to say, ''peace is that glorious moment in history when everyone stops to reload.''*
Even though the world is desperately searching and longing for peace, it seems impossible to find. The simple fact is this, there is no peace apart from God. What is needed is a radical change in the human race if there is to be peace. Peace is impossible without Christ.
This is something Jesus knew perfectly; this is why He says, READ TEXT Jesus challenged God's people to be peacemakers. He has called us to a special mission to help restore the peace lost at the Fall.
There is no peace now for two reasons: the opposition of Satan and the disobedience of man. The fall of the angels and the fall of man established a world without peace. But here, Jesus describes a peace that can only come from God. Let's notice four truths about peace...
The portrait of peace: ''the pea ...
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