Scripture: Acts 10:17-33
Key verses: (25-28) 25 On Peter’s arrival Cornelius met him, and falling at his feet, worshiped him. 26 But Peter made him get up, saying, “Stand up; I am only a mortal.” 27 And as he talked with him, he went in and found that many had assembled; 28 and he said to them, “You yourselves know that it is unlawful for a Jew to associate with or to visit a Gentile; but God has shown me that I should not call anyone profane or unclean.
Reflection: It is important to love not just in word, but in deed and in truth. Have you head of the 7%-38%-55% Rule?
Research tells us we communicate only 7% with our words, 38% with our tone of voice and 55% with our actions. Albert Mehrabian did years of research on communication but I believe Maya Angelou said it best – “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
Peter’s visit to the house of Cornelius, a Roman centurion, spoke volumes about love, acceptance and the inclusion of Gentiles into the Kingdom of God. Peter’s visit meant that the truth of the gospel could overcome almost any barrier. Peter was prohibited from even entering the home of a Gentile. It took great faith to accept the call to go to this community. It took great faith to extend an invitation and gather the community. Both Cornelius and Peter were offering the love of Christ to each other.
It is easy to compartmentalize and keep people in their boxes. Often these boxes we put people in come with a defined stereotype that divides. This scripture has challenged me to consider what friendships or connections I should make to further the Kingdom of God. Where can you offer hospitality or accept an invitation to someone’s home, where the gospel message might be shared? May those we interact with today, know and feel the love of Christ through our actions.
Prayer: Shepherding God, lead us this day. Invite us to the table of acceptance for all who hunger and thirst. Let the cup of our life overflow with love and welcome for all of your children. May goodness and mercy follow us throughout this day and all the days of our life. In Jesus name. Amen.
Author: Michelle Thomas-Bush
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].