Thursday, 3 June 2021
Blessed are the Peacemakers
Ps Mark Tan

Matthew 5:9

As conflict continues to grow between Israel and Palestine, the Christians in Malaysia are torn between to impossibilities: “Whose side are you on? Jews or Palestinians?”

The reason why I say it is impossible is because of three things:
1) We are from neither country and do not possess all the facts about the conflict
2) The Christian has hurting Christians in both Israel and Palestine, and to choose one is to condemn the other in which we cannot.
3) The gospel calls us to support neither nations but all people. We are not pro-any country, but we are pro-peace.

Jesus said “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”
This phrase is profound for two reasons:

One : It is a central theme of the entire Bible. When God exiled the Israelites to Babylon, He prophesied through Jeremiah saying “ the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper” ( Jeremiah 29:7 ). The Apostle Paul echoes this saying “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” ( Romans 12:18 ). The Apostle James adds on with a blessing “Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness” ( James 3:18 ). In the light of this, Christians are called to seek peace, promote peace, be the advocates of peace, and even be willing to forsake ourselves for the sake of peace.

Two : Peacemakers are called children of God. Everyone who promote and seek for peace are identified as children of God, which means those who resemble God as a child resemble their parent. This does not mean that all who seek peace are Christians, but it clearly reminds us that because we ARE God’s children, the number one trait that we should resemble our Heavenly Father is peace.

In this heated season of conflict and movement control, where emotions and anxieties flare up wildly in the homes around us, can we be God’s peacemaker? Can the community we’re in identify us as God’s children? Can we avail ourselves to be champions of peace like those before us – Martin Luther King Jr, Mother Teresa, Florence Nightingale, Desmond Tutu and Emily Greene Balch? Can we invite the Prince of Peace, our Lord Jesus into every heart and soul that peace may prevail wherever we live and wherever we pray for?

Let us pray like St Francis of Assisi:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
In Jesus name. Amen.


作者: 陈燕靖传道
翻译: 黄姐妹
经文: *马太福音5:9 *

2)以色列和巴勒斯坦都有着正受伤害的基督徒。我们无法在两者中选择其一, 因这将表示我们谴责落选的另一个。


 (  一 ):这是整本圣经的中心主题。当上帝将以色列人放逐到巴比伦时,他通过耶利米预言说:

我 所 使 你 們 被 擄 到 的 那 城 , 你 們 要 為 那 城 求 平 安 , 為 那 城 禱 告 耶 和 華 ; 因 為 那 城 得 平 安 , 你 們 也 隨 著 得 平 安 。(耶 利 米 書 29:7 )
使徒保罗回应了这句话:“ 若 是 能 行 , 总 要 尽 力 与 众 人 和 睦 。(罗马书12:18 )。
并 且 使 人 和 平 的 , 是 用 和 平 所 栽 种 的 义 果 。(*雅各书3:18 *)。


(  二 ):缔造和平的人有福了!因为他们必称为神的儿子。每个促进和寻求和平的人都被视为上帝的儿女,这意味着那些像上帝的孩子一样像他们的父母。这并不意味着所有寻求和平的人都是基督徒,但我们是上帝的儿女和平应该是敬虔的人首要的标志。因为这是象和平之神的特质。




使我作 你和平之子,
在憎恨之处播下 你的爱,
在伤痕之处播下 你宽恕,

在绝望之处播下 你盼望,
在幽暗之处播下 你光明,

使我作 你和平之子,