9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Peace goes beyond a worry-free, stress-free, everything’s a-ok life.
Peace is smiling and singing at the storm.
“Safety consists not in the absence of danger but in the presence of God.
Peace that Jesus gives is not the absence of trouble, but is rather the confidence that He is there with you always.”– Source Unknown
Peacemakers release tension, they don’t intensify it.
Peacemakers seek solution and find no delight in arguments.
Peacemakers calm the waters, they don’t trouble them.
Peacemakers work hard to keep an offense from occurring.
And if it has occurred, they strive for resolution.
Peacemakers lower their voices rather than raise them.
Peacemakers generate more light than heat.
Peacemaker is not a synonym for appeaser. This is not peace at any price.
— Chuck Swindoll
Yes. This is not peace at any price.
We can be persecuted for following Jesus and doing the good that we do the way the first century Christians had to face death because of their loyalty to Jesus.
Suffering is the authentic hallmark of Christianity. – J. Oswald Sanders
A famous evangelist told the following incident: I have a friend who in a time of business recession lost his job, a sizable fortune, and his beautiful home. To add to his sorrow, his precious wife died; yet he tenaciously held to his faith — the only thing he had left. One day when he was out walking in search of employment, he stopped to watch some men who were doing stonework on a large church. One of them was chiseling a triangular piece of rock. ‘Where are you going to put that?’ he asked. The workman said, ‘Do you see that little opening up there near the spire? Well, I’m shaping this stone down here so that it will fit in up there.’ Tears filled my friend’s eyes as he walked away, for the Lord had spoken to him through that laborer whose words gave new meaning to his troubled situation.1
To be used by God to suffer for His sake.
This is real happiness.
1 Our Daily Bread, http://www.sermonillustrations.com/a-z/s/suffering.htm