THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE WAY FORWARD IN CHRIST
UNITY AND PEACE
Today’s reading: Ephesians 2:13-18
is crucial in a Christian community, for it to accomplish
its mission, is unity and peace. A house divided against itself
will not stand. A house full of strife will be sapped of its
strength and determination.
can we have unity and peace? Basically, we keep our eyes fixed
on Jesus. Oftentimes we look at each other and find faults.
So we look to Jesus, who is without fault, and who died for
our faults and sins. “But now in Christ Jesus you who
once were far off have become near by the blood of Christ.”
(v.13). Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is what has brought
us together. We should never put that sacrifice for naught
by conflicts, disunity and division.
is sad that the greatest conflicts happen in Christian communities,
where great conflicts among brethren and co-workers happen
because of what they are supposed to be doing for God.
Is that not the greatest irony? How come brethren in one family
that is the community are not united nor at peace with each
other? Because they have lost their focus, insisting on finding
fault with each other rather than looking to the one who is
without fault. “For he is our peace, he who made both
one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his
can one be two or more? If there is one body, then there should
be one vision, one mission, one culture, one way forward,
one way of resolving difficulties and disagreements. Jesus’
work is to “create in himself one new person in place
of the two, thus establishing peace” (v.15b). If Christ
is at the center, if we keep our eyes fixed on Christ, if
we are obedient and docile to Christ’s Spirit, then
we will be united and at peace.
from looking at Jesus, we look to his cross. We realize that
the authentic Christian life will include challenges, suffering
and pain. That there will be difficulties with even brethren.
But the key is to be able to die to self, to be merciful and
forgiving, to love one’s supposed enemy. Such is the
key to reconciliation and unity, as Jesus looks to “reconcile
both with God, in one body, through the cross, putting that
enmity to death by it.” (v.16).
are called to bring Christ’s peace to the world. We
are peacemakers, but it starts with peace in our own community.
In or out of the community, in our life together and in our
mission together, we look to peace. “He came and preached
peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were
peace and unity, we become truly a people for whom the Trinitarian
God is alive and present, “for through (Jesus) we both
have access to one Spirit to the Father.” (v.18).