This may sound like a simple question...but...sometimes it the simple things that trip us up. So...what does this statement mean to you?
Blessed are the peacemakers...for they will be called the children of God.
To me, it means that we are to try to keep the peace, among ourselves as well as other places in the world. If we cannot keep the peace amongst ourselves, then how are we suppost to be brokers of peace other places in the world. Others look at us, our attitudes towards each other and our attitudes with others in the world and they are suppost to get a picture of God's character. If they see division and back biting among us, what reason is there for them to be a Christian? God calls us to show the world his character, through the way that we live our own lives. If we are being rude and disrespectful to each other, what character are we really showing the world? It is not benefiting God or the Gospel to show others the character of the enemy.
God calls us to love one another as we love ourselves. Are we showing love to each other if we are being rude or disrespectful? Even when we do disagree it should be done so with love, we can all share our views with love.
Recently, in a chat discussion, one of our fellow members was upset to the point that they left the chatroom. This is truely upsetting to me. This person felt as if they were being attacked for something that is essential to their own well being. So, I ask you all again....what does this statement mean to you? To the member who was upset (you know who you are), I would truely like to appologize to you personally. No conversation should take place that feels like a personal attack on one member or another. We should all feel loved in this chatroom and be able to see the character of God. I did not see this then. To that member I would like to say that you are very loved in this room. Are we acting like children of God, when we are engaging in hurtful behavior? I don't think so.