THE BENEFIT OF PEACE
by Kevin Jones
For He is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. – Ephesians 2:14 (HCSB)
When reading Ephesians 2, you quickly see the divide that the early church is trying to overcome. The Gentiles and the Jews were not taught from an early age to love each other and live in harmony. Now, the early church is trying to get through the differences of these two groups and become one united body. Fast-forward 2,000 years and we see the same issues. The focus is not on the Gospel being spread to the ends of the earth. When a church does not have a generational connection, they experience a battle rather than a battle cry.
When looking through Scripture for generational connections, one theme is that the older generation is to teach the younger. In Deuteronomy 4:1-14, we are to teach others and not forget the things that God has shown and taught us. We must remember that regardless of our age, we must be investing in others. Believers must be honest and transparent. If we simply portray ourselves as sinless saints, we give the younger generation a view of Christianity that is false. If, as a younger generation, we are not willing to listen to those that have gained wisdom by following Christ for many years, then we are saying, “Your experiences do not matter, just your monetary donations.” With generational connection comes peace and harmony in the body.
Prayer: Lord, may I be one of Your people with my mind set on You. Keep me completely whole and steady on my feet, because I want to follow you daily and never quit. I know this is the only way I can have peace.
“Prayer girds human weakness with divine strength, turns human folly into heavenly wisdom, and gives to troubled mortals the peace of God.” – Charles Spurgeon
Engage10K Prayer: Pray that our firm commitment to act as if God owns everything will result in peace and Kingdom impact.