Ephesians 2:14 – 16 “For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.”
When I was a teenager, I remember hearing a song with these lyrics: “He is our peace, who has broken down every wall . . .” I have heard the song many times since, but that first time, it had a powerful effect on me. Just the thought that no matter what kinds of barriers or anxieties or problems I may face in this life, God is my peace . . . that brought a great calm to my soul.
God is in the peace-making business. That’s why He sent Jesus. First of all, Jesus made it possible for there to be peace between people of different backgrounds and cultures and races. God doesn’t look on the outer appearance, but rather, He looks at our hearts. When we are united in Him, we all have His divine blood running through our veins. In Him, our differences don’t matter nearly as much as our sameness. We worship one God. He is our peace.
Not only does He bring peace among people, but He brings peace between us and Himself. Without Christ, we would have been striving and striving to make peace with God. But since we could never live up to His standards, we would always meet with failure. But with Christ, God did away with our need to be perfect. He made the way for us to be reconciled, to have peace with Himself.
Through Christ, God put to death the need for hostility between people. After all, our differences seem to shrink to nothingness, in comparison with His glory. When we focus on Him and stop focusing on each other, there is peace.
He also put to death our need for hostility with Himself. He loved us that much! He knew that we could never live up to His perfect laws. He knew that we would live frustrated lives, and that we would eventually end up being angry at Him for our own failures, our own inabilities to measure up. He had already determined that the cost for sin was death. So, He sent His Son to cover that cost. Because of Christ, there is peace.
Do you need peace in your life today? Give your life to God, and let Him be your peace.
Dear Father, Thank You for Your peace, which breaks down every wall.
Amen! Thank you, God, for peace with you, peace with others, and peace with myself.