For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. (Eph 2:14)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is our peace. He made peace by the blood of His cross and reconciled men and God. He broke down barriers between men. He is a great peacemaker.
Because God through Christ paid our penalty for sin and forgave us, we have been reconciled to God – brought near to Him. We are a new society, a new family. Since we are one family in Christ, there should be no barriers nor divisions between us.
Life has many walls, which divide and separate people. The walls – such as age, political beliefs, social and economic status, race, or theological perspectives, can divide us from other fellow believers. Jesus Christ has broken down the walls people build among themselves. As these walls have been removed, we can come to unity with people who are not like us.
Backbiting, gossip, criticism, jealousy, anger, and bitterness could be the barriers to unity in the church. We have to remember that Christ has knocked down the barriers, and His cross should be the focus of our unity. Peace is oneness and harmony. We are to treat one another as family members and live in harmony with other believers. God provides the Holy Spirit to enable us to live a new life of His way. With humility, gentleness, and patience, we need to bear with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (Eph 4:2-3).
By faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus is our peace. We need to have the right relationship with Him. When we have His peace, we can work on solving the conflicts around us. Jesus has knocked down the wall of hostility and made peace. We are one in Christ; therefore, we should not let any barriers divide us. Jesus came to preach peace. We are peacemakers when we carry the message of peace to others and when we bring reconciliation to broken relationships. May we endeavor to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.