Topic: No Prejudice Please!
[DCLM Daily Manna 17 November 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Acts 10:9-20
Key Verse: “… What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common” (Acts 10:15b).
Prejudice is an unreasonable dislike or preference for a person, group, custom, etc. especially when it is based on their race, religion, social standing, etc. Prejudice blinds people to rational thinking, decisions and actions. However, God loves all men and wants all to be saved.
Cornelius, the Italian Centurion, feared God and give much alms.
God, through an angel, instructed him to call for Simon Peter who at the time was in Joppa, to show him the way of salvation. And he sent his servants. As they approached Joppa, Peter had a trance. God had to deal with the prejudice of Peter in order to make him effective in reaching to all with the gospel.
Also Read: Open Heaven 17 November 2019 – Why I will not Suffer Want
The reluctance or even refusal of the apostles and disciples of Christ to reach out to the gentile world is really surprising, considering that the Lord made it clear before His ascension into heaven that they were to preach the gospel to “every creature” and “unto the uttermost part of the earth.” It shows the rift that existed between the Jews and the Gentiles and the greatness of the chasm which Christ, by His death, filled up to make both one, “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity… to make in himself of twain one new man.” The Church of Christ is one Body and must remain one without schism irrespective of gender, tribe, education or even denomination. Every member is useful to God and to one another and has a duty to uplift, uphold and edify one another.
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Thank God, the Gentiles are saved today.
Let them also work in unity, righteousness and in love to see that the will of God for world evangelization is achieved. Do away with prejudice, as it will limit your reach and effectiveness for God.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: All men are loved by God.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Ezekiel 22–24