June 6, 2021

Children of God

Deceit is in the mind of those who plan evil, but those who counsel peace have joy.
 Proverbs 12:20
Christians who moves among humanity seeking in all places and in all situations to diffuse the peace with God which fills their own souls—and the peace with all people which only they who have the higher peace can preserve unbroken in their quiet, meek hearts—will be more or less recognized as God-like by others, and will have in their own hearts the witness that they belong to God as children. They will visibly bear God's image, and will also hear the voice that speaks to them as to members of God's family.
 Alexander Maclaren (alt.)

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
 Matthew 5:9
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. 

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, and it's in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it's in dying that we are born to eternal life.
 Anonymous (after the style of Francis of Assisi)
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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