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July 23rd

"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."

"While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the Word.  And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles.  For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, "Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit as we have?  And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ."  Acts. 10:34-35, 44-48

We see that Peter takes the Gospels to the Gentiles, and because of his obedience the Gospel has gone to every nation, every tribe, every person.  "Go into all the world and preach the Good News..."  Peter tells us very clearly:  "God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him."  This is a message for the church still today!  No one is beyond the reach of Jesus Christ.  No one is rejected because of their background, nationality, religious background, sin and so many other things.  If we accept Christ it does not matter about anything else.  As Christians we need to realize that God is not willing that ANY SHOULD PERISH, BUT THAT ALL SHOULD COME TO EVERLASTING LIFE!

Peter preaches and the Holy Spirit falls on the Gentiles, and they are saved, filled with the Spirit, and then Peter says why should they not be baptized in water.  We need to just to go, sow and allow the Lord to work in the lives of people.  God can save, fill, and use anyone that makes the decision to come to Jesus!

Lord, help us not to become too religious that we feel that we are better than anyone else, more religious, more spiritual than anyone else because of our good works.  We are saved by God's amazing grace, and His amazing grace works on us and changes us into His image. 

It really is all about Jesus!  Jesus is the One who saves, keeps and uses us to reach more and more people that need Jesus!  Lord help us to see people that need Jesus and then go and be His hands and feet to a world that needs Jesus!  Let's be more like Jesus and less judgmental towards people!  People need to experience the love of Jesus and we may be the only Jesus that people will see.

Lord, help us to love like you today!

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