Matthew 5:9, 13-16
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God… Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.” We are all God’s children, but to be called “the children of God” means that you are trying to be like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ who is the “Prince of Peace.” (See Isaiah 9:6.) Every time we are loving or kind or forgiving or helpful, we are doing the things that Heavenly Father does and are becoming more like Him.
Jesus said we are like the “salt of the earth” and a “light of the world”. Salt gives things flavor, and can also preserve and purify. We can be like the salt by becoming pure, and sharing the gospel with others. A light shows other people the way and helps them feel happiness and peace. Being a peacemaker and a good example helps us to be like a light for others.
“To follow Christ and bring forth the blessings of heaven, we must actively make peace in the world, in the community, in the neighborhood, and above all, in the home we live in.” Robert E. Wells
What does it mean to be “Blessed”?
What is a peacemaker?
What is the promise the Savior gave associated with Peacemakers? (Matthew 4:9).
What can we do to follow the Savior’s admonition to be peacemakers in our home?
What did Jesus mean when he said, “ye are the salt of the earth?” How can we avoid “losing our savor”? (See Matthew 5:13)
Who has been a light to our family?
How can we be a light to others?
Think of ways you can be a peacemaker, a light to the world, the salt of the earth, and a disciple of Christ. Add paper "threads" to this tapestry as you talk with your family about your ideas, and weave a beautiful tapestry together.
These lessons are perfect for Family Home Evening at the beginning of the week, or to recap the following Sunday. Or use portions of the lesson throughout the week to enhance your family scripture study.
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