Reflection: I have a Syrian friend and colleague who lives and serves in Aleppo with the Bible Society of Syria. Some time ago he messaged me and powerfully reminded me that peacemaking is far from academic. He sent me this photo of his home city to remind me that not making peace has catastrophic outcomes – on a personal level, in families, in churches, and yes, in our world. Peacemaking has become deeply personal for him, and he implored me that it should be for every one of us. He knows that not choosing the way of peace is a slippery slope that is extraordinarily difficult to come back from.
The Beatitudes (be – attitudes), including the call to be peace-makers, are the dispositions Jesus said we are to have as his disciples. They should be our true selves, and Jesus taught them to remind us that God isn’t focused on our outward performance, but rather what is in our heart; and there is a very clear understanding that most of us need at least some level of heart change!
Question: Is there any part of your life that needs some level of heart change?
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for loving me just the way I am – but thank you that you love me too much to allow me to stay this way. Convict me of those be-attitudes that need some level of heart change. Make me more like Jesus, I pray. Amen.