“He brought this Good News of peace to you Gentiles who were far away from him, and peace to the Jews who were near. Now all of us can come to the Father through the same Holy Spirit because of what Christ has done for us.” (Ephesians 2:17, 18 NLT)
We are without excuse–no matter our gender, ethnicity, or religious affiliation–we have no excuse not to live in peace with everyone.
For those who were once non-believers and for those who were always believers–The Good News of peace is for all who will receive it. But we must receive it–before we can actually have it.
A gift is not a gift to anyone–unless it is given and received.
Love–standing alone–is beneficial to anyone unless it has an object on which it can be bestowed and received.
Peace–already given–amounts to nothing if not received.
God does His part, but when do we do ours?
Do we not trust Him and His plans for us? Do we think our plans are better than His? Are we wiser than the most High God and have led to think we know more than He does?
The solution to all problems and the resolution for unrest, chaos, and confusion are all found in the “reception” of the work on the cross and allowing Holy Spirit to lead us in all things.
We know the work on the cross was for the benefit of all who “would believe and receive” but if people do not receive, their lives and ours will not be changed for the better.
God did not just love some of us–“He loved the all of us in the world so much that He gave His only Son that all might be saved” (paraphrased). All means all–not just one group of people, but all who are willing to receive His love!
Therefore, since there is so much unrest, chaos and confusion, we can see that not all have received His wonderful gift and since they have not received it, cannot enjoy it and neither can the rest of us around them–for where chaos and confusion reign–God is not there.
Father, in the name of Jesus, help us to open our hearts to You and receive all of the many benefits You have for us so we might live in peace and prosper as our souls prosper. This I ask for everyone who has a heart to hear You and obey from this day forward and I thank You for hearing and answering prayer. We love You and we know–there is none like You who can turn things around for the benefit of all mankind.