Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Question: Who are “the peacemakers”?
Answer: The peacemakers would be those who sincerely work at doing what is necessary to root out the sources of hate and conflict. Sometimes, that may require doing things that do not look so loving and peaceful on the surface. An example is when Jesus overturned the
tables of the money-changers in the temple, in order to make his point forcefully that what they were doing was wrong. His motive was love for God. But, it stirred up hatred against
We may find this happening in our own lives whenever we try to make peace, either within our own thought, or within our circle of friends and family. Our efforts to do good may
provoke resistance. We must stick with God, and patiently listen for His guidance.
Did you know that Christian Scientists are under specific command to be peacemakers?
On page 45 of the Church Manual it reads:
“It shall be the duty of the members of The Mother Church and of its branches to promote peace on
earth and good will toward men . . .”
In the Bible, Peter offers suggestions on how to be a peacemaker:
“Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing. . . For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.” (I Peter 3)
Practice: Today, take a stand for peace!
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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