We lovingly remember Peter from the gospels with all of his faults, but God is in the changing business with each of us as Peter will learn.
As Peter has learned to encourage, lift up and challenge believers outside of Jerusalem, it seems he is pilgrimage alone. Along the way, he will learn what men call unclean God will clean and use for his glory. In Lydda he meets a man whose body is dead due to paralysis and Peter says “Jesus Christ heals you, get up and walk.” A few miles away in Joppa another death occurs; this one is a death of the body/soul. Men come to ask Peter’s assistance. What did they think he could do now that Tabitha was dead? But God knows that a life will be restored to show the power over even death. Peter, like Jesus, in raising Jairus’ daughter, sends the mourners out. Also like Jesus, Peter says “Tabitha, get up.”
It was after this that Peter faced his most difficult of tests: a death of prejudice. God graciously gave him a taste of it when Peter elected to stay with Simon the tanner—considered unclean by the rabbi’s. But, like us, Peter is slow to get it; it takes God three tries for him to realize that men like Simon the Tanner and the Gentile Cornelius might be considered unclean by the rabbi’s, but not by God.
All three show us the power of the Holy Spirit to change us and others. Where is God in the changing business with you?
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Great post! God is changing the way I view his love. I thought I believed his love is unconditional, but obviously not. Through a series of events that have left me worried and afraid, God is reminding me he loves me all the same. No matter what I did, where I have been, he cares.
God’s love is unconditional as we see in Acts where he calls all men to himself whether a Jew or a Gentile. His love covers all ..he shows no favoritism and no partiality. His love is only conditional upon one factor: will we accept Jesus Christ as His Son who came, lived, died and rose again…he died on that cruel cross for our sins. If that is not unconditional love I do not know what is.
That’s true. I held to a mental consent of this rich belief. I agreed mentally without giving heart to it. But God wants me to know it, he wants me to have an experiential knowledge of this kind of love. There’s no better place I am learning this than at the place of ashes like Job.
What an great visual picture of your understanding!