If you were to design a picture of peace, what would it look like?
Bible Passage: Romans 12:9-21
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9
Digging In the Word:
1. Why would Jesus consider peacemaking an important attribute of those who would follow him?
2. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” What kind of peace does God offer through Jesus? How has God brought you peace?
3. Read our key verse. Notice the verse does not say, “Blessed are the peacekeepers” or “Blessed are the peace maintainers.” The Greek word for peacemakers means people who are founders and promoters of peace, people who seek to bring men in harmony with each other. Describe a time when you or someone tried to create a peaceful environment. What did the person do that brought peace into the situation? What did the person say?
4. Read Mt 10:34-36. If Jesus called us to be peacemakers, why does He say that He came to bring peace but a sword?
5. Is making peace entirely up to you? See Romans 12:18. What stands out in this verse to you? What actions can you do that will bring peace to those around you?
6. How does sharing our faith in Christ and living a godly life bring peace to other people? See Isaiah 52:7.
7. What will happen when we work toward creating godly pockets of peace wherever we are? See James 3:18.
Where in your corner of the world do you see conflict and disharmony? How can you “make peace?” What might you say? What can you do? How will you react?
Choose a group of people or a situation where conflict or a lack of harmonious living exists. Choose one day this week where you will determine to “live at peace.” Pray that God will empower you to be an ambassador of peace to those around. Submit yourself to be used by God to be His brand of peacemaker.