Hostile Races Make Peace


For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace—Ephesians 2:14-15

The tension we are experiencing in the world helps us to better understand the hostility here. The hostility we witness today between races, philosophies, and political viewpoints is a picture of the hostility between race and religion in Paul's day. But Paul looks beyond the hostility and tension to a present reality that some fail to see. An age of peace where Christ has made peace and is our peace. In Jesus Christ, everything that divides mankind and erects cultural division is abolished. With his flesh, a new bridge is built between mankind and God that has consequences on mankind with each other. We can continue to live in hostility as this peace does not exist, or we can accept his bond of peace, made for our peace, so that we can experience peace and be peace in a world that's hostile.

ASK THIS: Where is there hostility that you can reflect peace?

DO THIS: Make peace with that person or persons.

PRAY THIS: God, give me the strength to be peaceful in this hostile, angry, frustrated, and fearful world.

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