Bible Study Guide: Beatitudes
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” – (Matthew 5:9)
This is the seventh beatitude mentioned in Matthew 5:3-12. It would have shocked most jews in the crowd. Jews were looking for ‘Messiah’ who would overthrow the Roman empire and establish earthly kingdom. But Jesus supports peace and encourages the peacemakers. Once again, Kingdom of Heaven defies the norm of earthly kingdom, which is established by power, force and wars.
- Ask your Group: Who do you think are the famous peacemakers in history?
- Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa… (Coincidentally, many of them are strongly influenced by life and teaching of Jesus!!), Jesus Christ himself.
- Find out people who have been awarded noble prize for peace & their contributions to the society.
- Think of Non profit organizations, which promotes peace and goodwill of others. Discover their roots.
Blessed are the Peacemakers:
- The very essence of peace is the Love one has received from God first. You cannot love others, unless you have experienced God’ love in first place. (Many may not agree with this statement.)
- Luke 6:27-28 – “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”
- John 13: 35 – “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
- 1 Peter 3:9 – “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.”
- Think about first century Christians, even in the most atrocious persecution, they refused to react violently, but always promoted peace.
- Peace makers are not only those who have a broader influence, but also those whom we turn to in our daily lives. You may find certain people in your church, community, family, workplace. These are the people who resolves differences and conflicts to maintain peace.
- The reward for the Peacemakers is very unique. “They will be called sons of God.” People may critique their methods or ways, but they cannot deny their work or the fact that it can only come from God.
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