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Wouldn’t you agree that, as a Christian, our greatest desire is to see everyone believe that Jesus is God incarnate, Savior and Lord. Imagine what the world would be like should everyone believe in Christ. Why doesn’t the world already believe that Jesus is the Christ?
Recent events in Mexico are a gripping reminder that there is evil in the world. Innocent people are massacred. Bodies are beheaded or hung from bridges. Can those who commit such evil be forgiven? A look at the life of the Apostle Paul answers this question. While Paul accomplished much good for the Lord, he accomplished just as much evil beforehand. Nevertheless, Christ called him and used him. Will he not do the same for us? Php 3:4-6; Gal 1:14; Acts 26:9-11; Acts 7:51-60; Acts 9:1-6
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Peter is facing some harsh criticism for what God has chosen to do in lives of the Gentiles. He responds lovingly by recounting the events and reminding them that salvation is a gift from God. How do we respond to this gift? Life is very short and so it is important we consider this gift as the most precious thing we possess.
Peter had just had a revolutionary vision about mixing with people he had once considered outsiders. As a result, he was faced with the challenge of carving out new territory for the gospel by extending hospitality to non-Jews. The life and work of Jesus had lead him to view a people he once considered trash as treasure. What areas of your life could use a new perspective? What have you called trash that the Lord wants to call treasure?
Peter had bound all the peoples of the world, except for his own race, into one loathsome bundle. But God had a massive surprise for him. This weekend we are exploring what it is to have open arms, as a church and as a follower of Christ.
In this passage, Peter has to face all of his prejudices. It is a challenge to us to also let go of our dislikes - those people we tend to despise and cannot, or will not, love. Are you ready to forgive, accept and truly love?