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Peace in a Person

August 21, 2020 • Life for Leaders

Scripture – Ephesians 2:14-16 (NIV)

For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 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, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

Focus

If we want to be people of pervasive peace, if we desire to know the peace of God that passes understanding, if we want to experience the end of hostile injustice, if we want to be peacemakers in our part of the world, then we need Jesus Christ. He is, indeed, our peace. Not only will he give us the gift of peace, but also he will use us to infuse his peace into our world.

Devotion

When you hear the word “peace,” what comes to mind? How would you define “peace”? You might think of the ceasing of conflict after war. Or you might remember times when your soul felt calm and secure. But I would imagine that you would probably not talk about peace as a person.

Unless, of course, you are deeply influenced by Ephesians 2:14. This verse begins with a bold proclamation: “For he himself is our peace.” In context, the “he” is Christ, whose blood brought the Gentiles near to God and God’s people (Ephesians 2:13).

What does it mean for Christ to be our peace? When we hear this, we may be inclined to think of “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, [and which] will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). But, in fact, the peace of Ephesians 2:14 is not this kind of inner peace. When we read this verse in context, we see that peace has to do with ending the hostility between Jews and Gentiles and forging a new relationship of unity in Christ. Christ is our peace in the sense that he and he alone can mend the broken, hostile relationship between Jews and Gentiles, and, by implication, between all enemies.

In our world today, we are in desperate need of this kind of peace. In the United States, we are seeing in a new way just how much our society is divided by race and class. We recognize the need for genuine peace, which is so much more everyone getting along. Rather, the true peace of God embodies God’s justice and mercy.

If we want to be people of pervasive peace, if we desire to know the peace of God that passes understanding, if we want to experience the end of hostile injustice, if we want to be peacemakers in our part of the world, then we need Jesus Christ. He is, indeed, our peace. Not only will he give us the gift of peace, but also he will use us to infuse his peace into our world.

Reflect

As you think about your life, where do you see a need for the peace of Christ that erases hostility and brings people together in unity?

How might you be an agent of Christ’s peace in your relationships at work? At home? In your church? In your community and beyond?

Act

Ask the Lord where you might be an agent of his peace this week. As God guides you, be a peacemaker, whether at work or in your church, at home or in your community. Let Christ, who is our peace, make peace through you.

Pray

Lord Jesus Christ, you are our peace. In you, I experience inner peace that exceeds all understanding. Yet your peace touches more than my soul. You have come to bring peace among people, to erase hostility, to enable human beings to live together with love, justice, and fruitfulness. Thank you for the peace that you alone give. May I live today in your peace, seeking to be a peacemaker in all of my relationships. Bring peace to this broken world, Lord! Amen.


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2 thoughts on “Peace in a Person

  1. Margie Tomlinson says:

    I understand what you are highlighting here but what immediately came to mind was we are not divided by race or class but by ideology. There are good people of good will across all walks of life. What we are seeing is the clash of light and darkness. There can be no Peace without a radical change of hearts and that is only possible in Christ. Yes we are to be peacemakers but that will only happen as we walk and live and share the life giving Gospel of Christ. This nation needs God’s mercy and we as God’s people need to pray as never before. And that starts with me.

  2. Mark Roberts says:

    Thanks for your comment, Margie. Yes, by ideology, for sure. But it seems to me that we also have race and class divisions, at least in a way. This is not to say that everyone in a particular race or class always lines up on one ideological side. That can be a mixed bag. Again, thanks for your insightful comment. – Mark

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