by: Debbie Galyen
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God” (9). After “proclaiming the good news of the kingdom” (4:23) and demonstrating the kingdom’s power by healing the sick, Jesus taught his disciples about kingdom life. Submitting to the rule of King Messiah Jesus meant embracing an entirely new way (God’s original intention) of looking at relationships and worldly success. “Winning” was turned upside down. Because God desires heart-level transformation and not legal compliance, the meek, the humble, and those who longed for goodness would be blessed in Jesus’ kingdom.
“Love your enemies” (5:44). We enter Jesus’ kingdom by accepting forgiveness and love we don’t deserve, and we live in the kingdom by extending this grace to others.