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The Scriptures regularly tell us that the Gospel message is Good News. What’s interesting is that Paul uses this same language after highlighting that Jesus broke down the wall of hostility between Jews and Gentiles.
Ephesians 2:17-18 reads, He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.
The understanding of what this looks like in our lives cannot be overstated. This shows that Christians with different political perspectives all come to the Father as one. Christians with different perspectives on race and racial reconciliation all come to the Father as one. Christians with different backgrounds in education and socio-economic status all come to the Father as one.
Jesus broke down the walls of hostility and brought peace between Jews and Gentiles. How can we continue to bring peace and live in unity today?
READING & PRAYERS:
What are some practical ways you can make sure you are living in peace with those who may look, live, think, and/or behave differently than you do?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I pray that You will help me to recognize that the Good News is Good News for me and Good News for the whole world. Help me to share Your mercy and grace with others in such a way that they recognize the gospel not as a message of judgment, but as Good News. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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