Week beginning: 13th September, 2015

By Jon Hyde | London

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God."

Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

If you stopped someone in the street and asked them to describe a lawyer in one word, what odds would you give to them using "peacemaker"? I think we could agree that the prospects of success would be poor!

However, as He opens the Sermon on the Mount with the Beatitudes, Jesus is clear that His disciples should be known as precisely that. In fact, it is evidence that they are children of God. Children reflect their father, and God is the supreme peacemaker. Jesus says that those who emulate God in this way are blessed.

How might we reflect Him as lawyers?

One way is by being His instrument as He leads us to make peace between people, particularly in our cases and also in our workplaces. Moreover, God made peace with us through the cross when we were His enemies and thereby reconciled us to Himself. Accordingly, we can also seek to emulate Him by His Spirit in loving and making peace with our "enemies" insofar as we can, be they opponents in our cases or even colleagues at work. Let us be known and distinctive by reflecting our Heavenly Father in this way.

Prayers:

1. Give thanks to God for making peace possible between Him and us through the cross.

2. Ask God to show you ways in which you can make peace this week and to empower you by His Spirit to do so.