God Doesn’t Play Favorites

“I am learning that God shows no partiality to one group of people over another.”  “Now, I understand that God doesn’t play favorites.”  “It’s God’s own truth and nothing could be plainer: God plays no favorites! It makes no difference who you are or where you’re from…the door is open.”

I’ve just quoted three different translations of the same scripture found in Acts 10:34.  In this chapter, the apostle Peter was preaching to a group of Gentiles, or as we might call them today, “Outsiders,” in the house of Cornelius, a Centurion of the Italian Company, and Peter was a Jew!  The Jewish law said that Peter couldn’t be found visiting or associating with outsiders, but the story in Acts 10 tells us that the Holy Spirit told Peter to go and preach that the life of Jesus was for them, too!

I suppose each culture has people groups that are considered to be unclean; outsiders; poor; stupid; lazy; bad stock; degenerate; and the list could go on. Those are the people that your parents forbade you to associate with, or that to this day you don’t want to be seen with.  Regardless of which group in your society you find yourself a part of, you can be sure of this one thing: God shows no partiality to one group of people over another.

Selah.

Faithful Love

Margret Ruth Baker writes of the love of God: “The love of God is a beautiful experience and a sure possession.”

The question I have for all of us today is, have we experienced the love of God and made it our possession?

It’s strange to think of the love of God as our possession but the truth is, he desires for it to be just that. He gave His greatest possession, Jesus, so that we could in turn posses his unfailing, trustworthy, beautiful, constant and consistent love.

His love is not something that is deserved or earned, we simply believe that it is and receive it by faith. We have to forget the pain and suffering, sorrow and wounds given by mere human love and receive his faithful and trustworthy love.

We cannot give what we don’t possess. Jesus said in John 13:34, “…love one another as I have loved you.”

In order for us to give love in this way we have to receive it first. Many would say, “I have the love of God,” and I would say that the way we know we have the love of God is in the way we SHOW this love to others.

I encourage you today to search your heart, is the love of God your very own possession? And if so, how can you share His love in even more meaningful ways?