Blessed are the Peacemakers

(This is the Seventh Beatitude Lesson in the Series of Eight Lessons.)

 

Bible Reference:

Matthew 5:1-3, Beatitudes, Matthew 10:34 - Sword, Matthew 5:43-48 - Love your enemies, Romans 5:1 - Peace with God, Luke 23:34 - Forgive them.

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Teaching Concept:

Through Jesus' example children learn what it means to be a peacemaker and how they can be peacemakers.

 


Early Arrivals Activities

 

1. Color or Paint a Flower and Bee Color Sheet

Sunflower Coloring Sheet1. Before class print out the flower and bee coloring sheets. If you are going to have your children paint the coloring sheet with water color paint, print the sheet out onto card stock (heavy paper).

KJV Pattern or NIV Pattern

2. In class have your children color or paint the picture. As they work talk about what is written at the bottom of the sheet.

You can also use the color version of this sheet to display in your classroom.

KJV Pattern or NIV Pattern

 

2. Make a Peacemaker Sunflower Craft with Verses About Peace

What you will need: Paper Plates, Green Construction Paper, Scissors, Paper, Yellow Crayons or Paint, Stapler, and Glue

1. Before class print out the sunflower pattern and make copies.

Cover Pattern and Page Patterns

2. In class explain to your children that from a distance sunflower plants look like they have one or several large flowers on very long stems, but the flowers are actually flower heads consisting of hundreds of smaller flowers neatly arranged side by side in a cluster.

3. Show your children a real sunflower or show them the Sunflower Picture. Tell them that the cluster of flowers on the sunflower head can remind us of people living side by side in peace. The flower not only resembles the sun, but points towards heaven reminding us that those who are peacemakers will be called sons of God.

4. Have your children color or paint a paper plate yellow and then cut slits all the way around the edge to make the petals.

5. Provide green construction paper so your children can make stems and leaves for their flowers.

6. Have your children color the cover pattern and pages and then staple them to the center of the paper plate flower.

3. Make a Peacemaker Sunflower Paper Craft

What you will need: Paper, Yellow Crayons or Paint, Ink Pad, and Markers

1. Before class print out the Sunflower Pattern and make copies.

2. In class explain to your children that from a distance sunflower plants look like they have one or several large flowers on very long stems, but the flowers are actually flower heads consisting of hundreds of smaller flowers neatly arranged side by side in a cluster.

3. Show your children a real sunflower or show them the Sunflower Picture. Tell them that the cluster of flowers on the sunflower head can remind us of people living side by side in peace. The flower not only resembles the sun, but points towards heaven reminding us that those who are peacemakers will be called sons of God.

4. Have your children color the petals yellow, then put their thumbprints in the center of the flower, and then draw faces on the thumbprints.

 


The Lesson

This series of lessons uses a bee puppet to introduce each learning concept. (You can use the paper bag puppet from Lesson 2, make a Sock Bee Puppet or purchase a bee puppet.) Before class stick a Band-aid on the head of your bee puppet.

The Skit

Teacher: Good morning class! I'm so glad you can be here today. Little Bee is here again to help us with our Beatitude lessons.

Little Bee, where are you?

(Little Bee pops up with a Band-aid on her head.)

Teacher: Good morning Little Bee. How are you today?

Little Bee: Not so good. My head hurts, and I am soooo mad.

Teacher: Little Bee did you hurt yourself?

Little Bee: No!

Teacher: Well, what happened?

Little Bee: I got in a fight.

Teacher: A fight!

Little Bee: Yeah! I hate Buster Bee! He is so mean! Why are some bees so mean?

Teacher: Well, I don't know about bees, but I think some people are mean because they don't know Jesus.

Little Bee: Well, I don't think Buster knows Jesus.

Teacher: Would you like to tell us what happened Little Bee?

Little Bee: I found this big, beautiful sunflower out in the middle of the field and was collecting pollen to take home when Buster Bee showed up. He started acting like it was his flower! He went crazy buzzing from one bloom to the next; knocking into me and making me loose some of my pollen. He was trying to get the pollen so fast that half of it fell to the ground. After the third time he bumped into me I yelled at him. I said, "Go away, Buster, I was here first and you're just making a mess!

Well, Buster didn't like that. His face turned all red, his antennae started flicking, and he looked at me like he was going to kill me. I was so scared! He is twice my size. He flew towards me full-force and knocked me down. My head scraped on something. When I got up Buster was gone.

Teacher: Little Bee I'm sorry you got hurt. Is Buster Bee always like that?

Little Bee: No, not always.

Teacher: Do you think there is something you could have done to have prevented this?

Little Bee: No, Buster Bee is a bully.

Teacher: But you said Buster isn't always this way.

Little Bee: Not always.

Teacher: Our lesson today is about being a peacemaker. When Jesus was up on the mountain he said, "Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." (Matthew 5:9) Jesus wants us to be happy and live in peace. He doesn't like it when we fight about things that aren't important.

How do you think Little Bee might have handled this situation differently? (Let your children respond.) Instead of yelling at Buster, he could have talked nicely, offered to share room on the flower with him, maybe divide the flower in half so each of them could stay on one side or the other. He could have left when Buster showed up, or he could have offered to help Buster collect pollen.

Being a peacemaker is not always easy. Jesus said, "Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword." (Matthew 10:34) Jesus knew that being a Christian would not be easy, many people do not like to hear that you are a Christian and will hate you for it, but Jesus says that you must try to be peacemakers.

You may be wondering how you can be a peacemaker when people hate you, do mean things to you, or bully you. The Bible gives us the answer. The first thing we must do is have peace within ourselves. The Bible says, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:" (Romans 5:1) When we live for God, we experience the peace in knowing that God has everything in his hands. We learn that Jesus loved us so much that he gave his life for us, and we can have that same love for others. We may not agree with them or believe the same things they do, but we can strive to understand them and see them through God's eyes. When we acknowledge our own weaknesses before God we are more accepting of other's weaknesses.

Jesus is our best example of a peacemaker. When people called him names or accused him of evil, he didn't get angry or fight back; instead, he spoke the truth calmly so that they had no defense against him.

When they crucified Jesus on the cross, even though he did nothing wrong, he didn't call them names or threaten them. He knew that they didn't know what they were doing. Instead he forgave them. He said, "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Luke 23:34

Jesus had more to say about being a peacemaker. He said, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. (Matthew 5:43-48)


Prayer

Dear God, We thank you for loving us and providing a way for us to be at peace through Jesus. Help us to love others like you have loved us. Help us to be forgiving and respectful of others even when we don't agree with them. Help us to see others through your eyes. Amen.

 


Crafts and Activities

 

1. Working Together in Peace Activity

1. Children will work together in groups of twos to form letters that spell out a word. Remind them that they should use their peacemaking skills such as: listening, cooperating, compromising, being considerate, etc. while forming their bodies into the letter shapes because they will be rated on their performance.

2. Give each team thirty seconds to form the letter. The letters should be standing up, not lying on the floor.

3. The other children should observe the performing team and rate the team on a scale of 1 - 10 on how well they worked together and if they accomplished their task.

4. Add up the scores and then ask some of the children why they gave the score they did. Teams may lose points if they weren't cooperating, one team member was trying to run the show, a team member said something that wasn't nice, or a team member wasn't helpful or didn't compromise, etc.

5. The team with the highest score wins.

If you have a camera, take pictures of the children in their letter poses and then print them out and display them on your bulletin board. You only need to use P-E-A-C-M-K-R because some letters are used twice.

2. Discuss Bible Verses about Peace (Older Children)

Have your children look up the following verses and discuss how they keep us from being peacemakers.

  1. A wrathful man stirs up strife (Proverbs 15:18)
  2. Where there is no talebearer, strife ceases (Proverbs 16:21)
  3. He that is of a proud heart stirs up strife. (Proverbs 28:25)
  4. Hatred stirs up strife. (Proverbs 10:12)
  5. He that loves transgression loves strife. (Proverbs 17:19)

 

See Lesson 8 - Blessed Are Those who are Persecuted



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