Pestilence Confronted: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God.” Matthew 5:9
Tensions rise as anxious moments increase, as life and routines are continually disrupted. A common refrain has become: “when are things going to get back to normal?” The “virus” has killed thousands, unemployed millions, strained relationships and devastated our businesses. It is all very real, and it is only going away slowly, if at all. Our collective patience is stretched and strained: single local incidents can blow up into national ones. Look how a terrible police incident in Minneapolis has inflamed 40+ American cities in demonstrations and violence.
Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5-7) is considered the greatest moral treatise ever written. Its preamble is a collection of “blessings” or beatitudes in which Jesus teaches the attributes of the truly virtuous from a heavenly perspective. One of these attributes strikes me as perfectly suited to our turbulent times: “blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons of God” (Matthew 5:9). In his letter to the Galatians, Paul lists “peace” as of one of the nine fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Clearly, those of us empowered as “ministers of a new covenant” (2 Corinthians 5:6,9), the “ministry of righteousness” and “reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19), must bring peace until Jesus returns in glory. Like other trials and troubles, the virus tests our steadfastness in faith in many ways. May those who desire to be “called sons of God” find words and ways to calm the conflict brought on by the virus.
Global Prayer Points
As we seek to see our marketplace transformed by the Gospel, join us in prayer this week for the following requests from our Global Leadership.
AFRICA: Continue to pray for the Southern and East Africa Resilience Fund being developed by CBMC Business Leaders. Pray that God would bring trustworthy financial partners interested in the well-being of these small business owners.
ASIA/PACIFIC: May all CBMC members be sustained with wisdom and grace from the Lord supporting each other in love. Please pray for a cure for the virus and heal our economy. May the Lord bring a quick and miraculous end to the darkness in our world. Hong Kong: Please pray for the peace and democracy of Hong Kong.
EUROPE: Pray for establishing a V-CBMC (Vision CBMC) of next generation for Europe Korean CBMC. Specific prayer requests can be sent to [email protected]
LATIN AMERICA: Pray for protection and healing of CBMC families and team members who are in Mexico and Brazil, ‘hot spots’ of the pandemic.
NORTH AMERICA: Pray for establishing an e-CBMC (next generation) in North America Korean CBMC. Pray that Christian leaders would take the challenge to lead other leaders who need Jesus.
If you have a prayer request, please send an email to CBMC International.