Paul wrote in Ephesians 2:14-16, “For Christ Himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in His flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their hostility.”
Now I realize as fact that the Holy Spirit is always with me; is on my side; is the power of God in my life.....I no longer try to live by my strength. I look at this scripture above and see that Jesus died for the sins of all people, not just some. Jesus destroyed the barrier that separates us from one another. But we keep trying to build it up again. He put to death hostility toward others, but we keep bringing it back to life.
So, knowing that we humans cannot love God and others by our own will or power, after Jesus ascended to heaven God implemented the next part of His plan: God sent the Holy Spirit to all who believe in Jesus Christ.
The late Dr. Bill Bright of Campus Crusade for Christ often told the true story of a sheep ranch owned who was struggling during America’s Great Depression to make enough money in his ranching operation to pay his mortgage. He was in danger of losing his ranch. Living on government subsidy, he worried every day about how he was going to pay his bills. Then a seismographic crew from an oil company came into the area and told him there might be oil on his land, and asked permission to drill a wildcat well. He agreed. At 1,115 feet they struck a huge oil reserve. The first well came in at 80,000 barrels a day. Many other wells were more than twice as large. And he owned it all. The day he purchased the land he had received the oil and mineral rights. Yet, he’d been living on relief. A multi-millionaire living in poverty. The problem? He didn’t know the oil was there even though he owned it.
Peacemaker...yes, as Holy Spirit empowers me to do what He directs in His perfect love and timing. Living In Christ being peacemaker is natural living.
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