One in Christ - Your Daily Forward Devotional

One in Christ

June 24, 2020

Read Ephesians 2:13-18

 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. 


Reflect
How did Christ Jesus kill the hostility between us and God?

Back in college, before I became a Christian, one of my biggest stumbling blocks was the hypocrisy I saw in certain so-called “followers of Christ.” At times, I couldn’t help feeling that the church was just a building full of angry, finger-pointing people. Where was the hope? Where was the unity in Christ?

Then I became friends with a guy named Scott. Not only did he claim to be a Christian, he did his best to live his faith. Scott was real. He was strong in his convictions—yet he didn’t try to hide his weaknesses. And I never felt judged by him. In fact, the more I spent time with Scott, the more I began to sense the presence of Christ. My friend even led me in prayer the day I committed my life to Jesus.

I’ll always remember one of his first pieces of advice: “Get your eyes off other Christians because they’ll sometimes let you down. Even I’ll disappoint you. Instead, focus on Jesus. Trust Him, follow Him—and do all you can to be like Him.”

Scott taught me that Jesus is our “peace” who destroyed the hostility between us and God (as the apostle Paul wrote in today’s passage). “And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near” (Ephesians 2:17). In Christ, we have salvation. And we are one in Him with other believers.

I took my friend’s advice. Instead of getting angry or giving up, I decided to look for the “Scotts” in my church and do my best to follow what he did—reflect Christ’s face.

 
Pray
Lord, thank You for killing the hostility between God and me and giving me salvation. Help me to be “one in Christ” and in unity with other believers. Amen.

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Quiero salir como debo hacer
I wish there were more Scotts.
Nice advice........ From Scott
I have one spirit with my heavenly Father.
My Daily Prayer has been for God to save both my Siblings and Children who are non-Believers. With what is going on in the world, we must keep our eyes on Jesus at all times and He will deliver us. AMEN!
Thank you all for all your hard work
Take the log out of your own eye before you try to take the spec out of someone elses
Amen ! Help me father God to focus on you and pay less attention on the going’s on in the world ! Help me to be in the world but not of the world ! Amen ✝️🙏💙
Indeed, a very good start, but we must never forget Jesus' new commandment in John 13:34 and that love is a verb not just an emotion. Christians must actively love one another. It is a great tragedy that so many congregations fail in this regard.
Impactful and timely!! Lord, thank You for Your redemptive work in my life. Empower me to live in unity with all people, and to keep my eyes firmly on You.
Excellent. Thank You!
I have been an angry person and maybe have come 9ff as judgemental, but the anger does not last. Jesus has given me a soft heart and my feelings get hurt easily maybe from things that happened in my past. I feel like we need to try to love those people more because you never know what someone has been through. And it is only the love of God and others that can help them to heal. ❤️
When a Christ centered heart is shared unity occurs with like minded believers. Oh the joy of true fellowship. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Awesome
Scott was a good picture of authentic Christianity!