Pursue Peace

Pursue Peace

Ephesians 2:14-16

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

Central Truth

God wants us to pursue peace with others as a manifestation of how we have been made at peace with Him.

Devotional

Paul explains in this passage how Jesus Christ has done away with the divide between Jew and Gentile that had segregated people into two camps for so long. Through Jesus, there is neither Jew nor Gentile. We are unified through Him. Every kind of person is a sinner. Every kind of person can only be reconciled to God through Jesus. If we are truly in Christ, we must love every tribe, every ethnicity, and every person with a different political stance.

I remember these song lyrics from my childhood:

I’ve got peace like a river,

I’ve got peace like a river,

I’ve got peace like a river in my soul.

We have hundreds of children at Temple each Sunday and Wednesday. Kids will come to me with various problems involving conflict. They share with me that they are upset with another child. They report all the terrible things the other child has done and all the reasons they are justified in being upset. I listen to it all, and then we work out a way to pursue peace.

We are called to pursue peace. God wants us to pursue peace with others as a manifestation of how we have been made at peace with Him. God promises us that He is our peace. We will never truly have peace with others until we have peace with Him. The place to start is by settling any problems between you and Jesus. For us to live at peace with someone else, we must be at peace with Christ.

Questions to Ponder

  • What impact would applying these verses have on longstanding divisions of various religious groups today? 

  • How should this affect our view of various groups? 

  • What relationship in your life still needs the wall of hostility knocked down? 

  • How will that happen?

Scripture Memory | April | Ephesians 1:7

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.”

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