Daily Devotional

May 17th 2024

FRIDAY

The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this... He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then He started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, He created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.—Ephesians 2:14, 15 (MSG)

The power of the Gospel is not mere doctrine; its power is that it is the path to peace.
The peace of the Gospel is more than the cessation of hostility or the absence of conflict. Agreeing not to fight is not the same as peace. Invariably, it results in a new outbreak, with all the previous animosity surging to the surface. What we call peace—among nations, political parties, economic classes, races, gender groups, etc.—never lasts. It’s not real. It is only a weariness with warfare, an agreement to stop it for a while until we can all recuperate and rearm. Then it breaks out all over again.
But Paul tells us that the key to peace is a Person: “The Messiah.” Messiah’s peace is genuine, satisfying and permanent. Messiah’s peace indwells us. If we have His peace, then we can start resolving the conflict around us.
Many today are embroiled in conflict. They are upset, troubled, discouraged, angry. Their basic problem is that they lack peace. Everything they do is colored by that reality. But our promise from God is that Messiah is our peace. Messiah changes attitudes and settles hearts. Once we put our lives into Messiah’s hands and know that Messiah is active in us, peace results. Then, we can begin have new perspective on what is happening around us and we can apply some intelligent remedies to the situation that will work out the problem.
There is profound, divine psychological insight in the fact that Christ is our peace. He alone can accomplish it.

Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the access we have to You. As we go today, help us to believe the Messiah’ message of peace and thus to enter into the joy of life with You. In the name of our Messiah, Jesus, we pray. AMEN!

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