Your Attitude Towards the Beatitudes – Lesson 4

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One of the characteristics of a child of God is that you are a peacemaker.  Another is that you will face persecution for His name’s sake.

Misconceptions about Peacemaking

  • It is not avoiding
  • It is not appeasing

3 Ways that Unresolved Conflict Hurts You

  • It blocks fellowship with God – 1 John 4:20
  • It blocks prayers – 1 Peter 3:7
  • It blocks fruitfulness – Matthew 5:9; James 3:18

7 Steps to Becoming a Peace Maker

  • Make the first move
  • Ask God for wisdom
  • I begin with what is my fault
  • I listen for their hurt
  • Speak the truth in love
  • Fix the problem, not the blame
  • Focus on reconciliation, not on the resolution

What do I need to remember about Persecution?

  • Persecution can make me more like Christ
  • Persecution will deepen my faith
  • Persecution will give me rewards

What do I need to do in Persecution?

  • Don’t be ashamed
  • Recognize the source
  • Refuse to retaliate
  • Respond with a blessing

Scripture Verses

Matthew 5:9-12