Words from the Heart for Monday April 20th, 2020
God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NLT)
Members of the Canadian Armed Forces have served in many different parts of the world on international peace missions over the past six decades, but few of them have been as far away from home as the mission to the Southeast Asian land of East Timor. Canadian personnel were in East Timor from 1999 to 2001, first serving with a United Nations–sanctioned multinational peace-enforcement mission and then in a subsequent UN-administered effort to help restore peace and security in the troubled country.
It doesn’t take long on a news channel to notice that we live in a broken world. Nations can’t get along with other nations, and within countries various groups, divided by ethnicity, language or religion, are battling each other with words or weapons. Peace is in short supply in our world today, as it has always been. The root of the issue is a broken relationship with our Creator God. Every human being has a longing in their heart for peace with God, and until that happens, no relationship is as healthy as it ought to be. In Matthew 5:9 Jesus teaches His followers this principle: “God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.” Those of us who have experienced the peace of Christ are called to bring peace to all of our other relationships. That will take the grace of God, but it is His desire as well, so He will equip us for the task. We will need to show mercy, offer forgiveness, and prayerfully see others through the eyes of Jesus, who loves everyone dearly. If you are a follower of Jesus, you are called to work for peace. How can you do so today?
These have been words from the heart.