Lord, speak to me about my prejudices and improper attitudes toward people who are different from me. Change me, Lord, I am desperate for change.
We gotta be honest with ourselves—some things die hard. Imagine one of the apostles being confronted with his own prejudices! And God, who knows every crevice of each heart, uses a vision as a means of changing the apostle Peter’s heart and mind. It took a lunch-hour roof top vision to finally confront Peter about his self-righteous upbringing. God also uses a vision to link Cornelius, the Gentile, with Peter the Jew. As they exchange their experiences, they realize that each had a role to play in demonstrating that God loves all people and longs to see each one reach out to him for salvation. This awesome story concludes with Peter recognizing his prejudices and acknowledging: “Now I am certain that God treats all people alike. God is pleased with everyone who worships him and does right, no matter what nation they come from” (vv 34, 35). Whoa! The text ends with God pouring out the Holy Spirit upon Gentiles.
Is your heart completely clean of any hatred or prejudice that you have toward any particular type or group of people?
Ask God to forgive you for holding hatred in your heart towards others. As you have been forgiven, you need to love and forgive others.
Lord Jesus, help me. It is hard, Lord, but I know you can just remove the junk in my heart that I have toward others. Thank you, Jesus!