Sermon Text: Matthew 5:9
Sixteen years after 9-11, with ISIS afoot and war raging in Syria, Yemen, Sudan and Afghanistan and threats from North Korea - what can we learn from this Beatitude about dealing with our enemies?
In the Aramaic language, which Jesus spoke, “the children of God” means “those who are like God.” The peacemakers are like God because God is peaceful. War is a human invention.
Peace means a couple of things in the Bible. One is reconciliation through forgiveness. “We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” who died for our sins, says Romans 5:1. Christ had no enemies in the sense that he refused to regard anyone as an enemy. Instead, he forgave his adversaries, and his love summons us to do the same. We can’t control how our enemies see us, but we can control how we see them. “If possible, so far as it depends upon you,” says Paul in Romans 12:18, “live peaceably with all people.” So: reconciliation through forgiveness...Read full sermon here (PDF).