Jesus said “9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Matthew 5:9
We Christians call ourselves children of God, but how many are truly “peacemakers”? Jesus said only the “peacemakers” will be called children of God.
Have you ever said something to someone that wasn’t nice?
Everyone wants peace, but we can't see we are disturbing it. Really, if we were to take some time and get into the bible to see what it says about peace, it could be a life-long pursuit. The subject of "peace" entwines offense, pride, arrogance, repentance, forgiveness, unforgiveness, bitterness, hate, contempt, war, anger, spite, wickedness, tongue, love, humbleness, meekness, gentleness, etc. It all relates to peace, or lack of.
“17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.” Romans 12:17
Most people treat others the way they are treated and that’s why people are so mean to each other. If you tease someone who likes to tease people themselves, they usually don’t receive it very well. For some reason people don’t like to be treated the same way they treat others!
I guess that’s why Jesus said “31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31
My husband and I were talking about how we see people we know in town who won’t speak unless you speak to them first.
Paul said in Romans 12: “3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
He also said “10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” Romans 12:10
We need to step up and be the first person to be kind and speak, say hello, or wave.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.” (in part) Exodus 23:2 NIV
God said in Leviticus 19:18 – 18"'Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.”
Jesus said “3 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in someone else's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3
We "look at ourselves in a mirror" and quickly forget, as it is written in James 1: “23 For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; 24 For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like.”
Jesus said “1 DO NOT judge and criticize and condemn others, so that you may not be judged and criticized and condemned yourselves. 2 For just as you judge and criticize and condemn others, you will be judged and criticized and condemned, and in accordance with the measure you [use to] deal out to others, it will be dealt out again to you.” Matthew 7:1-2
How about that! He said ‘don’t criticize anyone!’ How many times have I sat in conversations with family and friends who criticize others (maybe even the pastor) for what they’ve done (or didn’t do, or mistakes they made)!
We do the same things, but we can't see it because we look at ourselves (in the mirror) and forget what we see!
It must be a type of spiritual blindness. Here’s a scripture search challenge for you. I have read in my bible that what we see in others we see because we have that same attribute in ourselves. If you find it, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
James 1:5 – “5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
God shows us what’s wrong with us by looking at others, as if we’re looking in a mirror of ourselves. Wow! Revelation! Wake up! If we see it in others it must be because we also do the same things!
Don’t give up y’all!