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Read: Ephesians 2:11-16
At present, we’re all fraying at the edges just a bit.
It’s difficult to ignore the fever pitch of fear that permeates our media outlets. What were once mild concerns have morphed into full-grown anxieties. We struggle with the wise course of action.
But even though we struggle, we often seem more comfortable struggling with one another than battling the fear.
I cannot remember a time in my life when there were so many opportunities for fellow believers to disagree. We have traveled long beyond respectful disagreement, hunkering down, wary of anyone with different convictions. We live in a somewhat divisive culture. We may not even realize how it’s affecting us. And we may not realize that we can contribute in positive ways to these days of discouragement.
So I often forget, that this is exactly what Satan wants for us — Fear. Division. More fear.
We are not the first generation to struggle against our own. Ephesians 2 was a poignant reminder on the danger of division for the early church, and it’s equally helpful for us today.
We easily forget how much we need grace. How grace is given freely without a side-eye at the baggage we brought into the family.
We are loved wholly, forgiven completely, and welcomed in without the slightest reservation.
But sometimes we forget. We forget how desperately we need a Savior — and how we are called to be instruments in bringing unity amongst our brothers and sisters in Christ.
God’s Word is where we return for true wisdom.
God’s Word is the measuring stick for all our ideologies. It’s the clearest place we can see that Christ is the only one we need compare ourselves with. It’s where we remember that our aim is peace. In an inhospitable world, God’s Word is our reminder that He is our home. He is our peace.
And we can choose to be that peace in the world. To live, not with a downcast countenance, but with an upturned face to His light and truth. To remember that the walls of hostility have been broken down in Jesus name.
“For He himself is our peace,
who has made us both one and has broken down
in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.”
~ Diving Deeper ~
How can you be an instrument of peace today?