A Piece of Peace
This is our second week on our journey through Paul's letter to the Ephesians. Paul's message to the people who were living in Ephesus was to remind them of their common purpose in the midst of their uncommon backgrounds. Some of the residents of Ephesus were of Jewish heritage and some were referred to as Gentiles. Some considered themselves "insiders" and considered others who were different in any way to be "outsiders". So Paul knew that his task was to bring peace and settle the differences.
Peace is more than just the absence of conflict. It is the presence of equality and justice. It is the presence of respect and care in the midst of disagreement. It is the presence of acceptance and relief in the midst all of life. It is agreement and disagreement without disagreeable behaviors. It is a puzzle for all sojourners on the faith journey that we carry a piece of.
Yes, we are "A Piece of Peace"!!! Each of us, in our own unique way fits into God's bigger picture for the beloved community. How we fit is sometimes not as clear. To say that all of the pieces are different is an understatement. To say that some of the pieces look alike is certainly not a new concept.
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We will be traveling through the book of Ephesians as we look at the message Paul gave to the early church. He talked to the Ephesians about what a diverse group they were -- some were Jews and some were Gentiles -- and how that sometimes makes for difficult conversation. Paul knew that there needed to be some "ground rules" that had to be put into place for those who were choosing to follow Jesus. This was his opportunity to remind them of all that had been done on their behalf long before their lives came into being....God had already decided how the story should go.