Blessed are the peace-makers…



Scripture: Numbers 5:The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the Israelites: When a man or a woman wrongs another, breaking faith with the Lord, that person incurs guilt and shall confess the sin that has been committed. The person shall make full restitution for the wrong, adding one-fifth to it, and giving it to the one who was wronged.

Observation: I find it interesting that when someone “wrongs another” it is considered “breaking faith with the Lord”. There is a clear connection between human relationships and their collective relationship with God. A violation of the former often leads to a violation of the latter.

Application: People get crossways with one another, which in and of itself is not a sin. However, anger and resentment toward others often DOES lead to sin – which gets us out of right relationship with God. I’m wrestling today with the implication that keeping good human relationships is a spiritual discipline. Perhaps this is what Jesus was getting at when he said, “Blessed are the peace-makers”. Hmmm…

Prayer: Lord, give us grace to make peace in relationships where there is conflict. And in so doing, stay connected to you. Amen.


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