10/22/2021

Acts 10:34-35 ESV
“So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,  but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.”

No partiality, easy for some to say, but hard to do. In this passage, Peter has grown up a certain way as a Jew. Jews do not associate with Gentiles. But with this scene in Peter’s life, he abruptly realizes that God has a different plan.

Peter must go to a Gentiles home, who is also a Roman, and witness to him about the love of God. He will stay long enough in the house of a Gentile to not only win Cornelius but a large group in his household as well.

Peter is astonished, because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. God accepts the Gentiles that will believe in Jesus as well, it’s a new concept to Peter, but one that will serve him well. Peter will eventually reach millions for Jesus Christ.

We all grow up with some sort of prejudices in one form or another. Because of close family members, we listen to what they say and take up their habits. As we get older we begin to make up our own mind about things, about people, about nationalities and creeds and religions.

We test theories, ideals, and we determine in our mind what we believe. God would not have us show favoritism, prejudices or partiality but we are human. We tend to create separation. In order for us to express Jesus to all mankind, we have to lay aside all prejudices to achieve the goal of winning souls to Jesus Christ.

Prayer:
Father, despite where I have been, what I have encountered, touch my mind to have the mind, purpose and mercy of Jesus Christ as I witness of His love and grace.

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