The message of Jesus’ lesson from the Sermon on the Mount is ideal for an international Sunday school lesson. Jesus is usually seen as bringing the message of love to the world. The gospels about Him are often called the Gospels of Peace. The moral of this Sunday school lesson is as vital to the world today as it was in the Biblical days of Jesus.
Sunday School Lesson: “Blessed Are the Peacemakers”
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
In the Sermon on the Mount, we have one of Jesus’ greatest examples of love and peace. Jesus repeatedly refused to take up arms against anyone who accused Him, insulted Him, or tortured Him. Instead, He taught peaceful dealings and love for all mankind.
In this passage, we see that the peacemakers, not the warriors, will inherit the most from God, because they will become His sons and daughters. Though it appears that once God favored violence but He now favors peace.
In another message to the crowds around Him, Jesus turns the accepted notion of action and consequence on its head. He tells His people that the rule cannot be “an eye for an eye,” but instead, a misdeed must be met with forgiveness and peace. He even goes so far as to tell the people to treat their enemies the way they would treat their friends and equates that behavior with peacefulness.
As Jesus has just said, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God,” so He tells the people to “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven.” Loving your enemy and being a peacemaker are the same thing to Jesus, as they should be to us.
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