Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, July 2nd, 2011
Acting Like Kids, Forgiveness (Part 5, Conclusion)
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
Matthew 5:9 (NIV)
I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for His Name's sake.
1 John 2:12 (NIV)
Forgiveness and peace. You can't have one without the other.

Forgiveness is highlighted throughout the Bible with equal billing in the Old and New Testaments. It starts in Genesis, but it is conspicuously absent in Revelation and other Apocalyptic scriptures. Is it then too late?

Is this why Jesus mentions forgiveness over 30 times in the four Gospels? If forgiveness is essential to enter the Kingdom of God, He gives us every opportunity to embrace its life-saving power. He talks it, walks it, and hangs it on a cross for the entire world to see.

If peacemakers are called the children of God, consider how little kids give forgiveness. An argument with a friend lasts about 30 seconds. Neglectful or abusive parents are still loved. Grudges are non-existent. Their acts of forgiveness create peace.

Actors, models, and talent for Christ are peacemakers, too. They are God's talented ambassadors who show His lost and prodigal children the heart of their Father. While wandering stars confuse us, His stars bring light to every audition, set, and role.

They act as true witnesses to those who watch them. On camera, they are well-prepared professionals. Off camera, they act just like kids: in kindness, truth, love, spontaneity, appreciation, passion, humility, faith, and forgiveness.

Therein is the Kingdom of God.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Acting Like Kids series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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