Hitting the Mark
Devoted to Unity & Peace – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Acts 11:1-15
Key Verse: Ephesians 4:3
Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace.
Jesus started His ministry with a message we call The Beatitudes. In that message, Jesus said the peacemakers will be blessed because they will be called the sons of God. I am convinced you would like to be called a child of God, since you are reading this devotional. If so, then determine now to be a peacemaker. It won’t be an easy job, nor will it ever end until we get to heaven. We all find ourselves in the middle of situations that need a peacemaker. Sometimes these situations are caused by other people around us. If we are honest, sometimes these situations are caused by us. Christ followers are human, and we do and say things at times that cause hurt and frustration to other people. Peacemakers are not perfect people who never cause these problems. They are people who will humbly step up and do what they can to resolve these issues, no matter who caused them. It really takes a lot of humility and patience to be a peacemaker. Sometimes, in our humanness, we want to walk away and let people fight it out. However, today’s key verse hits us in the face and demands that we “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
One of the ways to keep unity is to be slow to speak and quick to listen, as the Apostle James reminds us to do (James 1:19). Have you ever been in a conversation where you were tempted to say something but were “checked” by the Spirit—nudged to keep that thought to yourself? If so, that is the help of the Spirit of God to keep unity in the bond of peace. If you listened to the Spirit, you became a peacemaker in that situation. Ask God to help you today to be careful in all your conversations; promise to listen.
Father, I will obey your Spirit, today. In Jesus’ Name, amen.