Blessed are The Peacemakers

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

Good morning NCL family,

In the wake of what happened in Charlottesville on Saturday, I have been wanting to write something that would help give us a little understanding of why these types of things keep happening. To be honest, the task of writing something like that seemed too ominous. Every time I tried to write I became so overwhelmed I couldn’t begin.  

This morning I woke up early knowing it was time to write my devotional for Sunday’s message, but was struggling with where to begin. Waiting for my coffee to brew I received an email from CCCM titled “Brooding Over Charlottesville” by Aaron Campbell. The article begins with Proverbs 4:7 which says, “With all thy getting, get understanding,” and the words that followed certainly provided understanding.

It is a little long, but please take time to read it today and let the words sink in that we might know how to pray. And then pray! Pray for our country, our government, the people in Charlottesville, all those injured and for Heather Heyer’s family and friends. Don’t stop there though. Also ask the Lord, “How shall we then live?” I believe the Lord will tell you to be a peacemaker, because what the world needs now are peacemakers.

Sunday morning we are going to discuss what a peacemaker looks like according to Jesus. Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote, “Why are peacemakers blessed? The answer is that they are blessed because they are so absolutely unlike everybody else. The peacemakers are blessed because they are the people who stand out as being different from the rest of the world, and they are different because they are children of God.”

God bless you all and see you on Sunday!