Jesus’ first public sermon was recorded in the Gospels of Matthew (Matthew 5) and Luke (Luke 6). His seventh blessing from God, called the “Beatitudes,” that Matthew recorded was:
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
The word “peacemaker” in the original Greek is εἰρηνοποιοί and is transliterated “eirénopoios” (pronounced i-ray-nop-oy-os’), which is an adjective describing someone who “makes peace” or “loves peace.” The same word, used as a verb, is εἰρηνοποιέω and is transliterated “eirénopoieó” (pronounced i-ray-nop-oy-eh’-o), and means to “make peace” or “reconcile.” Another similar verb, εἰρηνεύω, is transliterated “eiréneuó” (pronounced i-rane-yoo’-o), means “to be at peace” or “to keep the peace” or “I am at peace.”
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In my prior post on Matthew 3:2 I shared that God’s will for us is to let our hearts be turned from sin, and now he tells us why:
Let your change of heart be seen in your works; And even now the axe is put to the root of the trees; every tree then which does not give good fruit is cut down, and put into the fire.
We see in these verses that God made a promise to us that when we believe in Jesus as savior and turn from our sin, our hearts begin to change and make us WANT to do good works. We begin to see truth and hear in our hearts what we must do, even if it’s not the popular decision and even when no one else understands why we do what we do. It doesn’t matter, because God knows.
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