Blessed are the Peacemakers
Today, everywhere we go, we are surrounded by technology! We’re obsessed with mobile phones, Wi-Fi coverage, online gaming or who’s said what on social media. On average, we spend 90 mins a day on our mobile phone, that’s equivalent to 23 days a year or 5 years of our life.
To understand the world you have to keep up with latest developments in technology…or do you? To my knowledge Jesus didn’t own a mobile phone, a Sat Nav or an IPad. He wasn’t on Facebook or Instagram and he wasn’t into taking Selfies…yet his words are known around the world and still ring true today, just as much as when he first spoke them over 2,000 years ago.
Quite possibly the biggest challenge we face today is world peace. Our airwaves are filled with news of war, increasing terrorism and political tensions. The problem is global. Conflicts rage throughout the Middle East, across Africa while terrorists strike with increasing regularity and no regard for who they attack.
Jesus said “Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they shall be called, ‘Children of God’”. His words are particularly poignant in this generation but what exactly did he mean? How can we be men and women who work for peace and reconciliation, both where we are and where we have influence?
One thing we can do is celebrate those who are working for peace, seeking to bring peaceful solutions to modern day conflicts, like the war in Syria and the recent terror attacks across Europe, but also closer to home we can all be peacemakers…in the car, at the school gate or in the office.
This year I have launched a campaign called Quote Jesus, using buses in London and across the South East to advertise the words of Jesus. You may have seen one of them. We can read much of what Jesus said in the Bible; “I am the Way the Truth and the Life”, “My command is this, that you love one another”, “Come to me and I will give you rest” and “For God so loved the world that if you believe in him you will not die but have eternal life”.
I believe the words he spoke are as relevant now as ever and I want people to have the same experience that I did. There is hope and Jesus words prove it!
I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, though he dies. - John 11:25
Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die - John 11:26
I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again - John 14:3
Look, I am coming soon! - Revelation 22:12
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6
In My Father's house there are many mansions. I go and prepare a place for you. John 14:2-3