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Vol.  9  No. 11 November 2007  Page 15
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Are We Merciful Peacemakers?

Tim Childs

By Tim Childs

    In our Lord’s famed address on a mountain near the Sea of Galilee, He powerfully taught the multitude of individuals who had gathered around regarding an array of spiritual principles that were to guide His disciples in their daily lives. In the beginning of the discourse, Jesus delivers what is commonly referred to as the “beatitudes” (Matthew 5:3-12). Within this portion of Scripture, Jesus pronounced incomparable blessings to befall us when we possess certain qualities of spirit and behave in a way that is worthy of the kingdom of heaven. If you and I are judicious, we will consciously pursue the cultivating of these attitudes that we may be in complete alignment with Jesus Christ and continually grow in His favor.

    May you and I never forget that we are daily to reflect the unity that we share with God by manifesting a spiritual like–mindedness. It is imperative we hold and highly esteem the same spiritual values as our Father, His Son and the Holy Spirit.

    May we carefully consider a couple of Jesus’ affirmations from the text: First, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy” (verse 7). Second, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God” (verse 9). Do we agree with Jesus here?

    God is “rich in mercy” (Ephesians 2:4), and he calls upon you and me to follow His example in extending mercy to others (cf. Matthew 23:23). God’s will and power unite those who are truth-seeking and truth-loving. We are to do our part in living peaceably with all men (Romans 12:18). A man is either of the spirit of truth or the spirit of error (1 John 4:6). Of which are you? Of which am I?


By Tim Childs

    Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines “persevere” as “to persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement.” Perseverance is a “key word” in the Christian’s life because without it one will surely digress into unfaithfulness and ultimately be rejected and burned as the chaff when it has been separated from the good grain (Luke 3:17).

    God has neither deceived us by telling us that living a faithful Christian life will be easy, nor has he told us we may win the incorruptible crown of eternal life by charting our own courses (Jeremiah 10:23), or by seeking the downhill path of least resistance. Rather, our Father has revealed how we are engaged in a life and death struggle where our adversary, the devil, wants to separate us from the Shepherd and Bishop of our souls (1 Peter 2:25). Like Peter, Satan wants to sift us as wheat (Luke 22:31). Like a lion, Satan’s heart is definitively set on tearing us “to shreds” in destruction (1 Peter 5:8).

    The great news is, however, you and I can escape “the tempter’s charm” and we can overcome in this spiritual warfare because “God is faithful.” In addition to “delivering us out of the kingdom of darkness” (Colossians 1:13), he has given us “access into his grace” (Romans 5:2), along with everything pertaining to “life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3). Our Lord’s apostle, Paul, writes, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Yes, God is faithful. God has imposed limitations on Satan’s work and power just as he did in the case with Job. Our victory is in and through Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:57)!

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