PEACE

DAILY DEVOTIONALS BY PASTOR BILL MUIR

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Peace
By: Pastor Bill Muir

“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, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.”
Ephesians 2:14-16

I find a lot of times we think the way to make a relationship work is to make a lot of rules and regulations. Jesus came to say that’s not the way to do it. That creates a higher barrier. He came to break down the barrier and make us one with Him.  That’s how He does it.
 

There’s a great story about this thing of law and barriers from World War II. There was a group of French soldiers, and one of their buddies died. They brought him to a Catholic cemetery and wanted to bury him. The priest said, “I’m sorry, is he a Catholic?”  They didn’t know. The priest said, “If I don’t know if he’s a Catholic or not, he can’t be buried in the Catholic cemetery. You can bury him outside the fence.”  So they buried him outside the fence. The buddies came back the next day to put some flowers on the grave, and they couldn’t find the grave. They looked all over for it. They went in and talked to the priest. The priest said, “I laid away half the night feeling sorry that I didn’t let you bury him inside the fence. The rest of the night, I got up, and with my own hands, I moved the fence.”  He moved the fence to include the grave.
 

That’s what Jesus did. But He didn’t just move the fence. He broke it down. He took it out entirely. Then He said everybody’s included. Everybody has the opportunity to come to me now.”  That’s how He breaks down the barriers. It’s in Jesus Christ that happens.  
 

He reconciled both to God. Both of us now have a relationship with God. That’s how peace happens in our lives. Through Jesus Christ, We recognize that His unity makes it happen. It’s when I let the barriers be broken down. I let go of my judgmentalism, and I realized that we both stand with equal standing before God if only we’d turn our hearts to Him.

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