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Peace be with you pt 5

Peace be with you pt 5

Peace with Each Other
Finally, Jesus’ gift of peace is meant to spill over into our relationships with each other. Immediately after telling the disciples, “Peace be with you,” Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (John 20:21). Jesus is sending us out, asking us to treat each other with the same mercy and love that he has shown us. It’s a mercy that pulls down dividing barriers of hostility, unforgiveness, and prejudice (Ephesians 2:14). It’s a love that empowers us to love each other deeply and be at peace with one another.

Loving each other and forgiving each other is perhaps the most challenging aspect of our life as Christians. We know how difficult it is to love without conditions and stipulations. We know how difficult it is to forgive someone who has hurt us. Our natural response is to lash out in anger, sink into guilt, or shrink back in resentment.

The only way we can overcome these patterns is to “let the peace of Christ” reign in our hearts (Colossians 3:15). If we can imagine what Peter and the others felt when Jesus stood before them, offering them unconditional forgiveness and endless friendship, we’ll find our hearts softening. If we can imagine ourselves in their place, knowing that Jesus tells us, “Neither do I condemn you,” we’ll find the grace to do the same with each other.

Peter’s own experiences with Jesus and his fellow disciples taught him that “love covers a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). If we can dedicate ourselves to living in love and mercy, we’ll find ourselves more united with our friends, family members, and neighbors. We’ll even find ourselves becoming more peaceful around the people who trouble us!

to be continued...

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