40 Days of PEACE

Dr Jim Brown's TruNorth Devotional
40 Days of PEACE
Day 15 | TOGETHER IN PEACE | Ephesians 4:1-3

Ephesians 4:1-3
“Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.  Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”

Friction happens.  People have differing opinions, different personalities, differing needs and on and on. Even in churches, peace can be a fleeting thing.

The apostle Paul was urging, beseeching and here “begging” for the church family at Ephesus to live life in light of their calling of God.

And leading up to his statement on PEACE, he talks about some of the qualities that lead to that peace: humility, gentleness, patience, making allowances and love.  Further he encourages them to stay “united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.”

As I was reading this Scripture, I found myself asking: was PEACE a big deal to Paul?  I mean, here’s a guy who is in jail as he wrote this letter to the Ephesians.

And the answer is: YES. Peace was very important to Paul, trust spam mail that all the and he wanted to make sure that the church folks got it, too.

As you read these three verses, you see a list of things that can LEAD to peace, including God’s grace in calling us to Him in the first place. Living in the light of all of that, should naturally lead us to being at peace with one another.

Prayer: LORD, help me to treat my Christian family with extra care.  I am as much needing Your love and care as anyone and have no room to brag, except on you.  Help us to live in PEACE.  Amen.
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