Promise 6: Becoming a Peacemaker

June 20, 2020By PK ManagerDevotional, PK Men's Study Bible

Promise 6: Unity

A Promise Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.

 

“You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny. – Matthew 5:21-26

How important is it for you to be at peace with other people? It’s crucial! In fact, Jesus said that if you’re at odds with someone, it’s your responsibility to go to them right away and do all you can to make peace. That means approaching people in your family, at work and at church, regardless of their ethnic, socioeconomic or educational background.

How important is it for you to become a peacemaker? In verses 24 and 25 Jesus urges you to pursue peace before you approach God for worship, whether that’s in a church or in your personal prayer time. Why? Because a broken human relationship is a roadblock that stands between you and a proper relationship with God.

Is there someone you need to talk with today? Do you need to extend a hand of forgiveness? If so, pick up your phone right now and make that call. Reconciliation is one of the key principles of Scripture; a man can’t be in a growing relationship with God unless he is actively forgiving his brothers and sisters (see 1 John 2:9-11).

 

This devotional is reprinted from the Promise Keepers Study Bible.

Promise 6: No Barriers

June 10, 2020By PK ManagerDevotional, PK Men's Study Bible

Promise 6: Unity

A Promise Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.

 

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility. – Ephesians 2:14

David knew both teamwork and hostility. In his life he made both friends who would have died for him and enemies who would have loved to kill him. As he considered these two extremes, he wrote in this psalm, ‘Unity is good and pleasant.’

Paul was committed to declaring the message of reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles. He often wrote and spoke about tearing down the barriers that separated Jews and other races. The “wall of hostility” that Paul mentions here is a reference to the ultimate symbol of Jewish/Gentile separation – a barrier that had been erected in the temple courts to separate Jewish and Gentile worshipers.

In his death and resurrection, Jesus Christ destroyed all such walls. But today, as in Paul’s time, Christians have often refused to live in the unity he has won for us. Jesus has freely given us reconciliation between God and our fellow believers, but we fail to appropriate the unity that should emerge from that gift. Tragically, we have chosen to highlight differences between ourselves and others. But Christ’s power still shatters these flimsy constructions, be they physical, psychological, stereotypical or spiritual. Knowing this, our job is to not only point people to Christ, but, like Paul, to remind believers that in Christ there are no barriers.

That message begins with each individual. What can you do today to begin to live in the unity that Jesus Christ has won?

This devotional is reprinted from the Promise Keepers Study Bible.

Promise 6: David’s View on Unity

June 1, 2020By PK ManagerDevotional, PK Men's Study Bible

Promise 6: Unity

A Promise Keeper is committed to reaching beyond any racial and denominational barriers to demonstrate the power of biblical unity.

 

How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down on the collar of his robe. It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore. – Psalm 133:1-3

David knew both teamwork and hostility. In his life he made both friends who would have died for him and enemies who would have loved to kill him. As he considered these two extremes, he wrote in this psalm, ‘Unity is good and pleasant.’

The imagery of this poem made a powerful statement to David’s countrymen. Only under David and Solomon did the twelve tribes of Israel dwell in unity. For the rest of their history they bickered and fought as two separate nations. There’s a lesson in the fact that Israel reached her political and religious pinnacle when David and Solomon were her kings. United, the twelve tribes did what they could never have done divided. During those glory years they set the standard for worship and left a legacy that has inspired Jewish people throughout history.

God’s Word states here and in many other places: “It is good and it is pleasant when God’s people dwell together in unity.” Anyone who isolates himself from other believers, regardless of the reason, is disobedient to God’s Word and is crippling his Christian witness. David and other biblical writers teach that reconciliation is not just a good idea, it is God’s will and command.

Join those who work for unity among God’s people. Make on phone call or initiate a conversation today that will build a bridge to someone you might not normally contact. Find out for yourself how ‘good and pleasant’ it is when God’s people dwell together in unity.

This devotional is reprinted from the Promise Keepers Study Bible.

Promise 5: Proper Perspective

May 23, 2020By PK ManagerDevotional, PK Men's Study Bible

Promise 5: Changemaking

A Promise Keeper understands that Jesus calls him to be His hands and feet, serving others with integrity. He purposely lifts up the leadership of the church and his nation in prayer.

 

So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt. – Genesis 45:8

What a perspective! Joseph defined his whole life by the fact that God had placed him in his situation for ministry. Even though Joseph had experienced many tough times and had been in situations that would have made any man bitter, he chose to see these things as God’s sovereign hand at work. Joseph believed that through these events God was placing him where he could best be used as God’s instrument.

Think about the many roles that you fill in life—husband, father, employee, brother, son. God has placed you there to minister. Your church is his place of training; through its ministry and outreach, you can be a modern-day Joseph.

This devotional is reprinted from the Promise Keepers Study Bible.

Does My Work Matter?

August 9, 2019By Vance DayCulture, PK Men's Study Bible

Many of us spend quiet lives in a cubicle or in front of a machine where no one notices our work unless we mess up. If we don’t show up for work, someone else takes the pile off our desk or bench and life goes on. So how significant is what I do with those 40-plus hours of my week?

Psalm 90 was written by Moses during Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness. It is a plea for God to give meaning to otherwise meaningless lives. Think through the structure of this poem, and its impact hits like a sledge hammer. God is eternal; man is temporary. Apart from God, humans have no hope of significance. So Moses prayed for wisdom and for God’s compassion on man’s condition. The request of Moses’ prayer was that God would let man understand God’s workings, and then incorporate human work into the grand, eternal plan.

Moses recognized that God’s involvement in a man’s life is his only hope of real significance. Meditate on verses 1-11 and then carefully read verses 12-17 as your own prayer. As you go to work, offer up your activity to God as part of his eternal work through you.

Scripture Reference: Psalms 90:1-17

Promise #1 HONOR
A Promise Keeper is committed to honoring Jesus Christ through worship, prayer and obedience to God’s Word in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Excerpted from the Promise Keeper’s Men’s Study Bible.