BLESSED ARE THE PEACEMAKERS – PART 6

Bible Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

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 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, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” [Francis of Assisi]

Francis of Assisi lived a very prodigal life until he came to Christ. As a Christian, his life became a tremendous blessing to many people, and he wrote a number of songs and prayers that have been handed down from generation to generation. Johan Sebastian van Tempelhoff put one of those remarkable prayers to words and it became a much-loved hymn. It is a wonderful prayer that exemplifies the meaning of being a peacemaker.

Would you read these words and make them your own prayer:

Make me a channel of Your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring you love;
Where there is injury, Your healing power,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of Your peace:
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, – only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

O Spirit, grant that I may never seek
So much to be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love with all my soul.

Make me a channel of your peace.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
In giving to all that we receive,
And in dying that we’re born to eternal life.

Questions:

As you have prayerfully prayed this prayer, is there a particular part of the prayer that challenges you, and if so why?

From our Bible reading today, what are the characteristics of the spiritual man? What are we to put on like a cloak [v14]? What should be the ruling principle of our lives [v15]? What should be the motive for all we do [v17]?