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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #14

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: What is the connection between peace and divine Love?

Answer: God, as Love, is the Motherhood that comforts, guards, and guides Her children. As the reflection of Love, man is loving. The children of God care for one another, and yearn to see everyone share in the peace of divine Love.

“Love makes all burdens light, it giveth a peace that passeth understanding, and with ‘signs following.’” (Mis. 133)

“What a glorious inheritance is given to us through the understanding of omnipresent Love! More we cannot ask: more we do not want: more we cannot have. This sweet assurance is the ‘Peace, be still’ to all human fears, to suffering of every sort.” (Mis. 307)

“The human sigh for peace and love is answered and compensated by divine love.” (‘00 11)

“Love your enemies, or you will not lose them; and if you love them, you will help to reform them.” (Mis. 210)

“We must love our enemies, and continue to do so unto the end. By the love of God we can
cancel error in our own hearts, and blot it out of others.” (No. 7)

“Like as a mother, God comforteth His children;
Comfort is calm, that bids all tumult cease;
Comfort is hope and courage for endeavor,
Comfort is love, whose home abides in peace.”
(Hymn 174)

Practice: Today, live God’s love.

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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #13

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: Why do we need to be peacemakers in order to be called “the
children of God.” Did not God already create us as His image and likeness?

Answer: God did create us in His image and likeness, as we read in Genesis, and we are
already His children. But, how many of us are convinced of that fact! This is our struggle: to accept and claim our right to be called “children of God.” Mortal mind would insist, however, that we are children of mortals, subject to birth, growth, decay, and death in matter.

“Mortals can never understand God’s creation while believing that man is a creator. God’s children already created will be cognized only as man finds the truth of being.” (S&H 69)

“The real man is spiritual and immortal, but the mortal and imperfect so-called ‘children of men’ are counterfeits from the beginning, to be laid aside for the pure reality.” (S&H 409)

“The eternal Truth destroys what mortals seem to have learned from error, and man’s real
existence as a child
of God comes to light.” (S&H 288)

“Citizens of the world, accept the ‘glorious liberty of the children of God,’ and be free! This is your
divine right.” 
(S&H 227)

We are, indeed, the spiritual “children of God.” But, we must put down all the lies of mortal mind that say we are not. Then we will prove who we are!

Practice: Today, claim your rights!

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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #12

Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: Should we, or can we, make peace with the material world?

Answer: Because of the mist of the physical senses, we do not see the spiritual universe
perfectly. It appears as a material world instead. But, matter has no true substance. Only
Spirit, and the creations of Spirit, have substance. Mortal mind is reluctant to accept this
fact. Therefore, we have what seems to be a war between the flesh and Spirit. This war needs to be fought, battle after battle, to bring God’s peace into focus.

“This material world is even now becoming the arena for conflicting forces. On one side there will be discord and dismay; on the other side there will be Science and peace. The breaking up of
material beliefs may seem to
be famine and pestilence, want and woe, sin, sickness, and death, which assume new phases until their nothingness appears. These disturbances will continue until the end of error, when all discord will be swallowed up in spiritual Truth.” (S&H 96)

“War is waged between the evidences of Spirit and the evidences of the five physical senses; and this contest must go on until peace be declared by the final triumph of spirit in immutable harmony.” (Ret. 56)

“Spirituality lays open siege to materialism. On which side are we fighting?”  (S&H 216)

Practice: Peacemaking is more than stopping fights among people. Today, think how you can help the fight against the claims of the five physical senses.

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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #11

Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: Is Christian Science healing a form of peacemaking?

Answer: Yes. The following citation from our textbook, explains:

“To-day the healing power of Truth is widely demonstrated as an immanent, eternal Science,
instead of a phenomenal
exhibition. Its appearing is the coming anew of the gospel of ‘on earth peace, good-will toward men.’ This coming, as was promised by the Master, is for its establishment as a permanent dispensation among men.” (S&H 150)

The healing work of Christian Science is bringing peace on earth. In fact, each demonstration of healing is a peacemaking act:

“Truth, and not corporeal will, is the divine power which says to disease, ‘Peace, be still.’” (S&H 144)

You can be a peacemaker, as Jesus tells us to be, whenever you choose to turn to God for healing:

“But remember God in all thy ways, and thou shalt find the truth that breaks the dream of sense,
letting
the harmony of Science that declares Him, come in with healing, and peace, and perfect love.” (Mis. 175)

Do you recall that in another lesson we learned that harmony is the result of peacemaking? Well, likewise, health is also the result of the peacemaking that brings harmony:

“Health is the consciousness of the unreality of pain and disease; or, rather, the absolute
consciousness of harmony and of nothing else.” (Rud. 11)

Harmony is peace.

Practice: Is there a problem in your life needing healing? Use Truth to destroy the error. That is being a peacemaker!

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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . .” – Q&A #10

Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: Was Mary Baker Eddy a peacemaker?

Answer: Yes. Mrs. Eddy writes of herself:

“In the year 1866, I discovered the Christ Science or divine laws of Life, Truth, and Love, and named my discovery Christian Science. God had been graciously preparing me during many years for the reception of this final revelation of the absolute divine Principle of scientific mental healing.”
(S&H 107)

Elsewhere in the textbook, she wrote:

“In the words of St. John: ‘He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.’
This Comforter I understand to be Divine Science.” (S&H 55)

After her discovery, Mrs. Eddy’s life was devoted to bringing the Truth to mankind, so that suffering mortals could find salvation from all evil. But, she was constantly in battle with all types of enemies that would prevent peace:

“As the pioneer of Christian Science I stood alone in this conflict, endeavoring to smite error with the falchion of Truth . . . Ceaseless toil, self-renunciation, and love, have cleared its pathway.”
(Ret. 30)

“Each day I pray for the pacification of all national difficulties, for the brotherhood of man . . . Each day I pray: ‘God bless my enemies; make them Thy friends; give them to know the joy and the peace of love.’” (My. 220)

Further Study: You can read more about the life of Mrs. Eddy in “Retrospection and
Introspection,”
her autobiography.  She was a true peacemaker.

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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #9

Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: Was Jesus a peacemaker?

Answer: Most definitely! Jesus was known as “The Prince of Peace.” Mary Baker Eddy writes of Jesus, that “the central point of his Messianic mission was peace, good will, love, teaching, and
healing.” (Mis. 162)

Unfortunately, to the sinners of his day, the peacemaking efforts of Jesus did not seem very peaceful or kind! Jesus announced:  “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10)

Mrs. Eddy explains:  “His teaching set households at variance, and brought to material beliefs not peace, but a sword.” (S&H 19)

Note that the sword was only used on “material beliefs,” not people!

“The glory of human life is in overcoming sickness, sin, and death. Jesus suffered for all mortals to bring in this glory; and his purpose was to show them that the way out of the flesh, out of the
delusion of all human error, must be through the baptism of suffering, leading up to health,
harmony, and heaven.” 
(No. 33)

That certainly describes the work of peacemaking that Jesus did. Jesus also said at that time:

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.”
(John 14)

Before he left earth, Jesus promised his disciples that the “Comforter” would come, and “teach you all things.” We have that Comforter today in the teachings of Christian Science.

Further Study: Read the story of how Jesus brought peace to a raging storm at sea, in
Mark 4:35-41.

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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #8

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: What can be done to bring peace to warring nations or peoples?

Answer: We all long to see the day on earth when this prophecy in Isaiah is fulfilled:

“And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nations shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2)

We must lift up our prayers and our lives to see that day. Mary Baker Eddy writes:

“The characters and lives of men determine the peace, prosperity, and life of nations.” (My. 277)

“War will end when nations are ripe for progress.” (My. 281)

“God is Father, infinite, and this great truth, when understood in its divine metaphysics, will
establish the brotherhood
of man, end wars, and demonstrate, ‘on earth peace, good will toward
men.’” (My. 279)

“I am absolutely and religiously opposed to war, whereas I do believe implicitly in the full efficacy of divine Love to conciliate by arbitration all quarrels between nations and peoples.”  (My. 284)

“Love now is dawning over every nation;
Showing true brotherhood, publishing salvation,
Love bids all discord cease.
Conquering hate, enthroning peace,
Love, Love alone is power.” (Hymn 179)

Further Study: Read in Genesis 13 about Abram and his nephew Lot. Abram’s actions brought peace.

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“Blessed are the peacemakers . . . ” – Q&A #7

Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God.

Question: How do we make peace within our own thinking?

Answer: Mary Baker Eddy writes, referring to a verse from the Book of Job, that “one must
acquaint himself with God, if he
would be at peace.” (Ret. 28)

Therefore, if we desire peace, we must rid our thinking of anything that would prevent us from knowing God. The citations below explore some of the bad traits that would hide God from us:

“Self-ignorance, self-will, self-righteousness, lust, covetousness, envy, revenge, are foes to grace, peace, and progress; they must be met manfully and overcome, or they will uproot all
happiness.” (Mis. 118)

“The divine ruling . . . banishes forever all envy, rivalry, evil thinking, evil speaking and acting; and mortal mind, thus purged, obtains peace and power outside of itself.” (Mis. 204)

“Popularity, self-aggrandizement, aught that can darken in any degree our spirituality, must be set aside. Only what feeds and fills the sentiment with unworldliness, can give peace and good will
towards men.” (Pul. 21)

Why is it important for us to make peace within? Mrs. Eddy tells us:

“When a man begins to quarrel with himself he stops quarrelling with others. We must exterminate self before we can successfully war with mankind.” (‘00 8)

Practice: Keep a watch on your thinking today. Put a stop to any thoughts that would cause you to lose your peace!

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
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