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Job 34—35, Acts 15:1—21 Key Verse: Acts 15:9
Old habits die hard, but it seems at times as if old habits hardly die. Habits are called such for
good reason—they are so ingrained that we do them without thinking. Sometimes a habit is not a
matter of what we do but what we think.
God showed Peter that he was to go to the house of Cornelius, even though it meant going into
the home of a Gentile. Avoiding contact with Gentiles was one of those habits that would die
hard, or hardly die, so Peter had to explain his actions (Acts 11:1-18).
Even after acknowledging that it was of God that Gentiles were granted repentance unto life
(11:18), the church struggled with accepting Gentiles into their midst. At the meeting in
Jerusalem held to discuss the situation, Peter said that God “made no distinction between us and
them, for he purified their hearts by faith” (15:9).
He also pointed out that their attempts to put “a yoke” on the necks of the Gentiles was actually a
way of putting God to the test. Still, it remained a problem, one Paul later would address as he
wrote of the Oneness we have in Christ (see Eph. 2:14).
Of all people, we in the Body of Christ should accept all others, regardless of race, social
standing, nationality or finances. As the saying goes, the ground at the foot of Christ’s cross is
level, so no one is above anyone else.
In your heart do you accept all others who know Christ as your brother or sister? If you struggle
with prejudice, ask Jesus to help you see people as He sees them. He does not classify us by
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett

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