Blessed are peacemakers & the persecuted

According to Jesus in the beatitudes in Matthew 5:9-12, peacemaking is a befitting of the children of God who have become participants in the life of the kingdom of heaven by grace alone through faith alone.  Another distinguishing characteristic of the disciples of Christ living out the kingdom of heaven ethic in this world is that they will be persecuted.  A sermon on this passage can be listened to here.