9 Blessed are the peacemakers; for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9
This single passage from the "Sermon on the Mount" has such power. It tells me what God wants, it lays out a direction for my life and then throughout the Gospel God gives me directions as to how to achieve this goal. In fact a bit later in Matthew 5 Jesus tells the importance of this passage: : “If you are bringing your gift to the altar, and there you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift in front of the altar; go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23–24)
If you think about Jesus’ words,you read that one must let go of all divisive emotions and thoughts so that you can truly experience peace with all of God’s people. This means an unrestrained willingness to forgive and let go of old fears, bitterness, resentment, anger, and lust, and thus find reconciliation.
God calls us to be a light in this world. One of 5the ways is to be a peacemaker, a sign that you are a child of God. Let your life reflect who you belong to. God bless you all and I hope to see you this morning.
Meet the pastor
Rev. Pastor Carl Schreiber has been serving East Orrington Congregational Church (EOCC) since March 12, 2006