Friday, March 2, 2012

Blessed Are The Peacemakers - 2nd Monday Of Lent

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.- Matthew 5:9

Have you ever listened to recordings of Martin Luther King Jr? King's voice is low and his vowels shake with an emotional intensity that conveys deep conviction. While King was certainly a flawed man, his eloquent, powerful words and unwavering dedication to non-violence make him one of my heroes. His most dearly treasured belief was that we must love our enemies. While many white Christians called for segregation, and Malcolm X called for revenge, King stood in the gap calling for forgiveness, forgiveness for people who didn't deserve it.

The children of God will do what God does since no servant is greater than his master (John 13:16). King called on abused men and women to forgive their abusers. Christ, who we've crucified, stands in God's presence to intercede for us.

All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting peoples sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christs ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christs behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. -2 Corinthians 5:18-21

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