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Making Peace (4 of 10)
Our church will be perfect when we hear . . .
"Hey! It's my turn to sit in the front pew."
"I was so enthralled, I never noticed your sermon went twenty-five minutes overtime."
"Personally, I find witnessing much more enjoyable than fishing."
"I love it when we sing hymns I've never heard before."
The church on earth, our church will never be perfect, but because of who we are in Christ we can live at peace with one another.
Because everything in our lives revolves around our relationships with others, building and maintaining good relationships is a constant challenge. But peace with God makes peace with one another possible. But that doesn't mean it's going to be easy. Relationships require work even for believers.
How easy it is and how often do we let hurts, offenses keep us divided and angry? Misunderstandings cloud our judgements. We don't see the whole picture, we misjudge motives, decisions, we don't have all the facts. Multiply all these variables with the number of relationships that you have within your own family, at work, at school, in the community, and at church. And you can see real quick that these relationship challenges that you face.
If we face these challenges even with people we know and love, just add to the mix the people you encounter or might encounter that you don't know, people from different backgrounds and traditions. Living at peace with one another was a challenge that the early church faced. Paul dealt with in Ephesians 2:11-22. And his words can help us learn how to make peace with
Jews and Gentiles (non-Jews) were about as opposite as oil and water. That these two groups could ever come together is one of the great miracles of the New Testament that resulted from Jesus' death and resurrection. Paul says that the hostility, that which divided Jews and Gentiles has been done away in Jesus. The power of the cross of ...
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