Friday, July 20th


"For he himself is our peace. Who has made the two groups one, and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create one humanity out of the two thus making peace."  - Ephesians 2:14-15.

Dear Jesus, when you removed our impending judgment by your sacrifice you also removed the persistent judgment that divides us from one another.  It’s not that we should not judge each other according to the law because according to the law we could all condemn one another and not be wrong. But since you have satisfied God's law you have also given us the privilege to let go of the sins of others that offend us. Help me to live in the shadow of your cross today and from there to forgive everyone that would otherwise drive me crazy with disappointment and anger. Use your love to remove the dividing wall between me and all other people. Amen

Grace from God creates indestructible relationships between people.

Additional Reading: Proverbs 16:7, Isaiah 56:1-7, Romans 4