SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

Matthew 5:9

INSTRUMENTS OF PEACE

#8 - SERMON ON THE MOUNT

 

Francis of Assisi prayed:

 

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace!

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

Where there is sadness, joy.

 

Oh, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled, as to console;

To be understood, as to understand;

To be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

It is in dying that we are born to eternal life! Charles R. Swindoll, The Tale of the Tardy Oxcart and 1,501 Other Stories, (Nashville: Word Publishing) 2000, c1998.

Matthew 5:9 says, Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

 

Many Christians go through life not knowing what God's will is for their lives. Some wander aimlessly through their Christian lives simply because they don't know what God's plan is for their lives. Some of you wander aimlessly through your lives because you don't want to know what God's will is for their lives.

Christian, one of the things that is God's will for your life is that you be a peacemaker.

 

 

PEACEMAKERS ACCEPT PEACE

 

God is a righteous, holy God.

God hates sin. Sin is anything that is against the will of God.

When sin is committed a barrier goes up between you and God.

 

In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve enjoyed fellowship with God in a perfect environment. When they sinned, God evicted them. The barrier went up between man and his God.

 

We are sinners. We are unrighteous. Isaiah 64:6

 

Because of sin, there is a lack of peace between God and man.

Someone had to make peace for us, so we could be reconciled to God.

That's exactly what the Lord Jesus did for us.

Jesus, the sinless Son of God, went to the cross and took the punishment for our sin. Isaiah 53:6

The price has been fully paid for our sins.

What we must do is accept God's provision for peace with him by placing our faith in Christ as the one who died for us. When we do, have peace with God. Romans 5:1

 

When you trust Christ, God declares you righteous.

When you trust Christ, peace between you and God comes.

You go from being God's enemy to being God's child. John 1:9

 

Christian there is another type of peace we need to accept from God. It is the peace that comes when we deal with our current sins. Sin for Christians breaks their fellowship with God. Isaiah 59:2

Confession of sin restores our fellowship with God. 1 John 1:9

 

PEACEMAKERS ARE ACTIVISTS FOR PEACE

 

The peacemaking that we should be active about has nothing to do with world politics. It has to do with relationships between God and man and between man and man.

The term "peacemaker" implies activity. You can't be a peacemaker and be passive.

 

The area of relationships that most requires that we be activists is our interpersonal relationships with others.

 

The scripture is very clear that we should resolve conflicts among ourselves. Matthew 5:23-24,

 

If you come to worship God, and realize that you have done something to offend someone, you are to stop your worship of God and immediately go to that person and make it right.

 

Romans 12:18 - In other words, if there is any stress in a relationship, make sure it's the other person's fault and not yours!

 

Hebrews 12:14-15 - A bitter person not only makes himself miserable, but those around him or her as well.

 

Ephesians 4:32 - How does God forgive you? If you are a Christian, God forgives you totally. How are you to forgive? If you are a Christian, God expects you to forgive totally.

 

PEACEMAKERS ARRANGE PEACE

 

When there are differences between people, there is often a need for a peacemaker, a person who can come between two people and bring them together.

 

Paul was looking for such a person in Philippians 4:2-3.

 

Euodias and Syntyche needed help. They were quarreling, and it was having a negative effect on the church. Others in the congregation were to step and help them resolve their quarrel.

 

How can you help Christians who are feuding with each other?

How can you arrange peace with God's help?

 

        Pray! Ask God for guidance.

        Listen! You need to hear both sides, and see if each person understands the other person's position correctly.

        Explain! You might be able to correct some misconceptions that a person may have.

        Bring together! Get the people to talk to each other, with or without you present.

 

PEACEMAKERS ARE AMBASSADORS FOR PEACE

 

2 Corinthians 5:18-20 - Our Lord Jesus was our peacemaker who paid for our sins and reconciled us to God. Those of us who have received this wonderful gift of reconciliation are called upon to be ambassadors for Christ.

 

An ambassador is an official representative.

And we have the privilege of being God's official representatives to those who need to be reconciled to God. Someone has brought us to God through Christ, now it is our job to bring others to Christ. 1 Peter 3:15

 

There is another sense in which we are ambassadors for Christ.

We are ambassadors to other Christians.

We are to help each other grow in Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25

 

We are also to help those who have spiritual problems. Galatians 6:1