Monday, October 3 – Acts 11:19
So then those who were scattered because of the persecution that occurred in connection with Stephen made their way to Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch, speaking the word to no one except to Jews alone.
When we get into a rhythm or habit, it is hard to break. Even when giving our best efforts adjusting and creating lasting change—whether in our eating habits or how we treat others—takes time. Even after God broke down the barrier between Jews and Gentiles to Paul, it was not a change that happened overnight for everyone else. For some time after, the gospel was still exclusively shared with the Jews.
We all experience times in our faith walks when God takes us deeper and teaches us something new. With good intentions, we might place the expectation on our brothers and sisters in Christ to understand these things as clearly as we do. Before we know it, a beautiful thing God has taught us becomes something we use to judge others or puff ourselves up. God is so gracious with each of us. He makes Himself known to us at different times and opens our eyes to the truth in His Word. When we exhibit humility, recognizing that we will never truly know it all, we can have the patience to grow in our own faith and a gracious attitude toward those who are growing alongside us. This allows us to walk with them instead of judging them. As you walk faithfully in your relationship with Jesus, there will be a chain reaction. When you begin to love your neighbor even when it’s inconvenient or make intentional relationships with those who are different from you, God’s truth and love shine through you.
- What are some expectations you hold for other Christians?
- When has someone been gracious with you as you grew in your faith?
- Pray and ask God to help you walk in grace as you grow alongside your brothers and sisters in Christ.