Don’t make judgements from the outside

January 3rd, 2012

One of the things it is easy to do is make assessments or judgements about people, churches or ministries from a distance without actually speaking to them or knowing the full details.

In Acts 10:1-48 we read about Peter and Cornelius. Peter went to Cornelius’ home and ministered to him, his workers and family. As he was a non Jew, Cornelius would have been considered unclean and to go to his home and eat there would be not right for a practising Jew.

In Acts 11 we see that some of the Christians who were converted from Jews in Jerusalem were upset with Peter that he would do this. When he returned they asked him about it. In Acts 11:1-18 we see that Peter explains his actions. He told about his vision and how that when he preached God poured out the Holy Spirit on the Gentiles.

When the believers in Jerusalem heard Peter’s explanation they accepted it was of God. In Acts 11:18 says, “When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”

The important thing about this situation is they actually spoke to Peter in person. They had a problem with what he did and they spoke to him about it. When he told them what happened they accepted his explanation and praised God. They didn’t just make their judgements from the outside and talk to everybody about it. They got the story straight from the horses mouth.

I think this is a good example for us to follow as Christians. It is too easy to make our assessments from a distance. We need to speak to those involved and get the full story of what actually happened.

God Bless,

Dave