In this sermon, part of a series on the beatitudes, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about peacemaking and how to be a peacemaker. Here are some excerpts:

“…Jesus says there’s one way we can always know if we’re like our heavenly Father. “Happy are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” You’re like God when you’re a peacemaker.

Now notice, it doesn’t say, “Happy are the peace-lovers.” Everybody loves and wants peace. It doesn’t say, “Happy are the peaceable — those who never get disturbed by anything.” It says, “Happy are those who make peace — who actively seek to resolve conflict.”

There are at least two misconceptions about peacemaking.

  1. Peacemaking is not avoiding an issue
  2. Peacemaking is not appeasement

“…Peacemaking is not avoiding; and it’s not appeasement. It is actively seeking to resolve the conflict…”

Now, why should I be a peacemaker? It requires a lot of energy. There are at least three reasons.

  1. Unresolved conflict blocks my fellowship with God. The Bible assures that we can’t have close fellowship with God and be out of fellowship with other people at the same time. (1 John 4:20-21)…
  2. Unresolved conflict prevents answered prayer… (Matthew 5:23-24)…
  3. Unresolved conflict hinders my happiness… (Job 18:4 (GN))…

“…Now let’s look quickly at five ways to be at peace— how to resolve conflict in your home, at work, at school, with your parents, with your friends. P. E. A. C. E…”

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Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

 

January 9, 1994

Matthew 5:9

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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