Friday, April 30th, 2010
Happy are the peaceable, since they will be called "sons of God." (Matthew 5:9)
The Greek word here rendered "peaceable" literally means "peacemakers." If we are peacemakers, we will not condone or participate in anything, such as slanderous talk, that could 'separate those familiar with one another.' (Proverbs 16:28) By word and deed, we will pursue peace with people inside and outside the Christian congregation. (Hebrews 12:14) Especially will we do our utmost to be found at peace with Jehovah God. (1 Peter 3:10-12) Jesus said that "the peaceable" are happy, "since they will be called 'sons of God.' " Because of exercising faith in Jesus as the Messiah, anointed Christians receive "authority to become God's children." (John 1:12; 1 Peter 2:24) What about Jesus' peaceable "other sheep"? They will have him as their "Eternal Father" during his Thousand Year Reign with his heavenly joint heirs. —John 10:14, 16; Isaiah 9:6; Revelation 20:6.
(Watchtower issue: 5/15/08, 1:9, 10)