Lent Devotions 2019 – Day 31

Day 31

REFLECT –  Day 31

What would world peace look like to you? It could mean a cease fire in some countries, or the changing of law in a country such as America. Maybe it’s more personal, and a rift is healed between a long lost friend. Perhaps there is something else that springs to mind. 

Well, today we turn our attention to the theme of peace with our next phrase. It is once again from “The Beatitudes” and can be found in Matthew 5:1-10, which is our passage for today. 

So, ‘Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God’.

Peace is a rich seam in scripture. The Hebrew word for ‘peace’ is ‘shalom’. It means much more than the absence of conflict. Shalom is flourishing wellbeing in relationships, in the nation and in creation. 

Have you ever thought on peace in this way? Having this level of impact over all things?

Jesus comes to make peace. He heals those who are oppressed; forgives sins; and calms the storm. 

Christ himself is our peace, creating our new humanity (Ephesians 2:14) and reconciling all things in himself through his death on the cross (Colossians 1:20). He is, indeed, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). 

But there is paradox here. Not everything can be reconciled. Christ brings judgement and division, as well as the promise of shalom. 

The kind of peace Jesus makes is not the peace of a quiet and of telling everyone exactly what they want to hear. The peace Jesus makes is the setting right of deep diseases – rewriting the code at the heart of the universe so that all may flourish. 

PRAY:

Still your mind. Take time to listen to the words of Jesus and repeat them several times with the rhythm of your breathing:
‘Blessed are the peacemakers, 

for they shall be called children of God.’

ACT:
Are you able to identify a recent example of when you were a peacemaker? What did you learn from the experience?