June 4th, 2007

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Persecution. Matt. 5:8

Monday, June 4th, 2007

The language here seems to move from person to person relations to group to group relations. The more persons involved in a conflict, the more complex it is to resolve in most cases.

Jesus knew and later experienced the fact that efforts at peacemaking, at reconciliation, are not always successful. So, he makes a major promise of reward for those who will try to act as a peacemaker.

Most Christians have experienced some persecution for being a peacemaker. For some it is mild. For others it has cost them their mortal life. Today, as in that day, persons are being hurt, punished and killed to being followers of Jesus.

They are assured a place in God’s Kingdom.This fact has strengthened the resolve of many to stay the course.