He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
In God’s economy, we are all the same. God does not play favorites, He loves us all. We tend to think God will love us more if we are doing good, or obeying Him. But, He loves us all the same. In this scripture, Paul is telling the Jews that God loves the Gentiles as much as the Jews. That was a tough pill to swallow for the Jews—they liked to think of themselves as being set apart, God’s favorite. We do the same thing in our lives today. We tend to believe that if we are going to church, obeying God’s laws and doing good works, then that gains us a higher standing in God’s sight. In reality, it does not. God loves us regardless of what we “do” for Him. In actuality, we cannot “do” anything for God. He loves us because He made us and we are His creation.
As you go about your day today, if you find yourself thinking you are better than another person or less than another person, remember you are neither. You are the same as the other person. If you apply this type of thinking to your life everyday, you will stop comparing and just start accepting and loving people for who they are, not where they are on their spiritual path. Isn't it wonderful that the God we serve does not distinguish us, but loves us all the same?
Father, Thank You for Your love and grace that You so freely give. God, I pray that I would put aside my comparing and judgmental ways and just love freely like You do. Father, instill in me this kind of love. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit who is full of compassion and grace. I pray that I will exhibit all of the fruits of the Holy Spirit each day: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)
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