Words from the Heart for Wednesday March 10th, 2021
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
A 2020 global survey has once again placed Canada among the top 10 most peaceful countries in the world. The Global Peace Index compares 163 independent states and territories, representing 99.7 percent of the world’s population, according to their levels of peacefulness. Canada is ranked in an envious position at 6th overall, unchanged from 2019. The worst it has ever been was 14th in 2010 and the best was fourth in 2012. Ahead of Canada in 2020 was Iceland, New Zealand, Portugal, Austria and Denmark.
I can’t imagine the confusion and grief that Adam and Eve must have experienced when they discovered the body of their son Abel. This was the first time they had seen human death, and they understood that this was a direct result of the disobedience and sin that had driven them from the garden. To know that the peace with God they had forfeited led also to interpersonal relationship disputes, including murder, must have been devastating. From the moment sin became a part of the human experience, the greatest longing of humanity has been for peace – both peace with God and peace between individuals and nations. Jesus came to restore that peace. When He cried from the cross “it is finished” the work of healing the relationships that sin had ruined was completed. Now all who put their faith and trust in Him would experience the healing of the relationship with their Creator – with our Creator. In Matthew 5:9 Jesus gives His followers – those who have experienced peace with God through faith in Him – a high calling – “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” If you have experienced peace with God, you are called to be a peacemaker.
These have been words from the heart.