November 30, 2023     4:40 am
315. Week of Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity - Saturday
Blessed are the peacemakers
          Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.   Mathew 5:9
          The most frightful and insane war imaginable is the one which, in consequence of sin, the creature has declared against God, its Creator. Death immediately followed upon the first transgression. But God, out of great mercy, made peace through Christ Jesus. And God proclaims this peace through His Word and His Holy Spirit. And they who accept this gracious peace are the children of peace and of God. To them the Holy Spirit says: "If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men." (Rom. 12:18) And the children of God are always ready to listen to this. Being of the same mind, it easily impresses itself upon their minds. They endeavour to always live at peace with all men. There are always two parties to a quarrel. If any one wants to start to quarrel with them, they simply will not do so. They furthermore endeavour to make peace when they see others quarrel. They do not, however, desire to have and maintain a hollow peace, which would compel them to forsake the Word of God, the saving Truth, and to renounce obedience to God. No, that is impossible for them to do. But where only human beings and human rights are concerned, they are ready to make peace, there they draw round about them a circle of peace. "Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God." So says our Saviour. For by their peaceableness they prove that they are the children of God, the God of peace. And on the Day of Judgment it will become evident before all men that the peaceable disposition which they showed here on earth proves them to have been the children of God.
          PRAYER: - Gracious God, who has given that peace which comprises all blessedness to me, a sinner and rebellious creature, grant that this knowledge may make me peaceable such as You would have me be. Give to me Your Holy Spirit, that I may always bear in mind that I am Your child through Jesus Christ, my Saviour. Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
November 30, 2023     4:40 am