What Jesus Did! 'Waging Peace' — Matthew 5:9

Monday, February 13, 2017

"What great blessings there are for the people that work to bring peace! God will call them his sons and daughters."
— Matthew 5:9 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 5:9 NLT — "What great blessings there are for the people that work to bring peace! God will call them his sons and daughters."

Key Thought

"Wage Peace." That's a fairly popular bumper sticker around our neck of the woods. It's the grown up version of the old Hippie song, "All we are saying is give peace a chance." Deep in our hearts we know there is a tremendous difference between being a peace lover and a peace maker. Peace lovers like the calm and security and illusion of "giving peace a chance." But peace has no chance unless it is waged! Peace is not a state that results because of a lack of wars; peace is the result of work, character, and sacrifice of those who are peacemakers. They wage peace. They take risks; they forgive wrongs; and they compromise on personal demands without sacrificing personal integrity. They are willing to pay the price to make and preserve the peace with integrity. No wonder God calls such people his children; they're doing what is most like him!

Today's Prayer

Loving and merciful God, thank you for providing the sacrifice which brought me peace with you. Forgive me when I have loved peacefulness more than I have loved pursuing peace. Please give me the integrity, character and fortitude to do today what brings peace in my work place, my home, and my heart. Through the blessed name of Jesus, who purchased my peace, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Micah 5:4-5
  • Hebrews 12:14
  • Isaiah 54:10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.