Scripture Reading: Psalm 34
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Peacemakers—not just peaceful people, but those who promote, maintain peace. Not possible without pure heart that truly loves.
--least commonality with OT, not til Prince of Peace came and brought peace between man and God and Jew and Gentile, etc.
Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
Seek peace—search for safety, welfare of others. Pursue—hunt it down, pursue it. Not just a nice notion but zealously working to bring it about.
tongue and mouth—part of body usually used to destroy peace.
For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
Peaceable—quiet and inoffensive. Loves peace.
Fruit of righteousness—the work and effect of righteousness is peace.
Make peace—those who labor to bring it about, those who work at cultivating peace.
2 Corinthians 13:10-11
Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction.
11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Sharpness—be abrupt, severe. Purpose of it was to edify, not destroy. Sometimes, in working peace, you have to confront and be tough.
Live in peace—keep harmony. One mind—same opinion, unified thought and sentiment.
Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
Same mind—whatever else may divide us, we have same thoughts and intents.
Be humble and don’t seek vengeance, let stuff go. That’s how you
Live peaceably—as much as it depends on you, don’t start stuff! Be peaceful.
But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.19 Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
For whom Christ died—don’t make your liberty worth more than Christ’s life.
Peace—no war, tranquility. We don’t attack people into the Kingdom!
Righteousness first, which leads to peace which makes everyone happy.
This is not peace to the expense of what is right, not compromising on sin.
True peace edifies—things of peace always help.