“For Christ himself has brought peace to us. He united Jews and Gentiles into one people when, in his own body on the cross, he broke down the wall of hostility that separated us. He did this by ending the system of law with its commandments and regulations. He made peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new people from the two groups” (Ephesians 2:14-15, NLT).
I used to fight with my sister, my kids got into it occasionally and most people I’ve talked to have said their kids had trouble getting along, at least sometimes. Squabbling, bickering, fighting, feuding—it’s an unfortunate and at times, terrible part of life. Parents try to settle the arguments, but true peace between siblings often has to wait until they have matured and finally realize they love each other. At least we hope it comes to that.
As a father, God hurts when he sees his children fighting. But instead of wringing his hands and whining why can’t we all get along, he did something about it. He sent his son to end the system of laws and break down the walls that separate us. We’ve always been the family of humankind, but in Christ, God has created a new family. With his peace in us, we can grow to a place where we truly love each other as brothers and sisters and stop the fighting. The peace Jesus brought is not some ethereal ideal. It’s real, alive and working in the hearts of those who trust their Father to always know best. We can get along, with the grace and peace of Jesus.