Devotions for June 23, 2015

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Ephesians 2:11-18

Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: Christ reconciled Jews and Gentiles to God by His death on the cross. What was also put to death on the cross?

Q: What creates hostility between people? Does it begin with a joke about a culture and grow from there? Is it imparted into us by the way we have chosen to live our lives, or the words we choose to use?

Q: What does the dialogue of racial issues look like in your life? Are you broken before God due to past history and language, or are you seeing where you need reconciliation and repentance?

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