Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Mothers: AKA Peacemakers

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

Moms do a lot of peacemaking.  From sun up to sun down, there seems to be hundreds of fights that need to be broken up, disagreements to work out.  Just this morning I had to be the referee to my son and daughter, arguing over a Pokemon card that was found in her room.  As mothers, we seek to find peace and harmony in our homes.  There are days when that peace is hard to find!

It's hard, though, to make peace, unless you possess peace.  God is the true peacemaker.  He sent His Son as the Prince of Peace to restore the family relationship with him that sin had ruptured.  See the parallel?  God gives us peace through His Son, so we, too, can restore peace with our own families.  In Romans 5:1 we read, "Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."  

As we know from experience in our own homes, happiness follows peace.  Think of Jesus' words in this way:  "Blessed are the peacemakers; the spouses, parents and children who don't insist on having their own way or the last word."  The closer the Spirit draws us through the Word to the Prince of Peace, the more we'll become peacemakers like Him.  Think of the peace that you're passing on, then, to your children.  Through our peacemaking, we're teaching them peacemaking skills that will stay with them for eternity.  It's the peace that surpasses all understanding.

We pray:  Dear Heavenly Father, We spend much of our days being peacemakers with our families. Fill us with your peace.  Remind of us the gift of peace we've received through Your Son, Jesus Christ.  Help us to live more at peace with our families, and teach our own children to be peacemakers.  In Your name we pray, Amen.

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