Day 209: July 28, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 5:9
The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons of God.

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. Peace in the Bible is not simply the absence of conflict. Usually it contains the idea of a blessing of well-being in a holistic manner. How would you describe someone who exhibits this quality? What adjectives and phrases would you use?
  2. According to Jeremiah 6:14 and 8:11, what is a wrong way of making peace?
  3. Making peace usually involves not running from conflict, but rather being willing to enter conflict and address it. Are you willing to enter conflict? If so, are you someone who brings peace or who threatens the peace?
  4. Read Romans 5:1 below. What does the Bible say allows us to have peace with God? How might you describe this to an unchurched friend who wants to have peace with God?
    “Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
  5. 2 Corinthians 5:18-20:
    “Everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 That is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. 20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, certain that God is appealing through us. We plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.”
    From these verses, how are we reconciled to God? What do we learn about the ministry of reconciliation?
  6. What do we learn about making peace from Romans 12:18 and 1 Peter 3:10-11?
    “If possible, on your part, live at peace with everyone.”
    “For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and he must turn away from evil and do what is good. He must seek peace and pursue it,”
  7. Because God is in the business of making peace (see Col. 1:20 and Eph. 2:15), we will be called “sons of God” if we make peace like our Father. What type of heart attitude and disposition is necessary to be a peacemaker, and one who brings reconciliation? Forgiveness? Vulnerability? Initiation? What, if anything, needs to change in your life to pursue this?
  8. Ask your heavenly Father to help you be a peacemaker today. Are there any ruptures in your relationships you can help mend? Is there a way you can reconcile people to one another, or to God?

About JourneyOn Today

For seven weeks, we'll take a break from our written devotionals and read through the Sermon on the Mount in short passages, allowing us to meditate on these truths for spiritual formation. We'll return to our regular written devotionals on September 8, 2014.