How can you do things that help bring people together? How can you do things that will heal fractures? How can you do things that will mend broken hearts? How can you do things that will bring reconciliation? How can you do things that will unite? How can you speak words that will build up? How can you speak words that will encourage? How can you live a life of love? Let’s lead with love! Let’s build with love! Let’s unite in love!
Today’s reading comes from Ephesians 2 and speaks to the unity that comes through Christ…
‘Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands— remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 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. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. ‘
–from Ephesians 2:11-22
The key is to bring Jesus to the center. To the center of all of our relationships. To the center of our marriages. To the center of our nation. By putting Jesus in the center it draws us to Him and so closer to each other. It helps bring unity. His gravity will help us stay united.
Today’s devotional speaks to a radio address done by President Ronald Reagan marking the holidays of Passover and Easter in 1983. It pulls from today’s reading and in particular verses 17-19 where it reads
‘And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, ‘ — from Ephesians 2:17-19
He speaks of how through common faith in God, people from different backgrounds are able to be united in their efforts to promote peace and freedom.
Today’s devotional quotes from the speech and I found a copy of it and share it here:
“This week as American families draw together in worship, we join with millions upon millions of others around the world also celebrating the traditions of their faiths. During these days, at least, regardless of nationality, religion, or race, we are united by faith in God, and the barriers between us seem less significant. Observing the rites of Passover and Easter, we’re linked in time to the ancient origins of our values and to the unborn generations who will still celebrate them long after we’re gone. As Paul explained in his Epistle to the Ephesians, He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. So then you were no longer strangers and aliens, but you were fellow citizens of God’s household.’ “
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything that will be in it. I lift up this day to You Lord and offer it and my life up to You as a living sacrifice. Help me Lord to be an ambassador of peace. Help me Lord to be one who tries to bring people together in unity. Help me to be one who helps people find the hope that is from Jesus. Help me Lord to live a life that will lift You up bringing You the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.