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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him.
St. Peter, who was the first to preach the gospel on the Day of Pentecost, was the first Jew to preach the gospel to the Gentiles. When he returned from the event at Cornelius’ house, found in Acts 10, the first thing the circumcised believers did was to criticize him for preaching to them.
Obviously, the Jewish folks in that day considered Gentiles to be no more than dogs. For Peter to obey God by going to the house of a Gentile and preaching the Good News, and then to come to Jerusalem and be criticized for doing it is amazing. First, these were all NEW believers who had originally been Jewish people of faith. So, more than anyone, they were criticized on a daily basis by friends and family. For them to be the first to criticize the greatest preacher to that point in time is shocking. Second, most of them knew Isaiah 1:18, where the Lord admonishes His people to “reason together.” Criticism is not reasoning. It has to do with prejudging before the facts are on the table. Once the facts were on the table, the church became all about GENTILES! Here’s the point, if we are people of faith and hope and love, “I Know We Can Do Better Than Criticize.”
I ask You again this AM to help me lay aside any criticism of my brothers and sisters and be a promoter of HOPE and ENCOURAGEMENT instead. Amen