favorites...

Favorites…my favorite flowers are Black Eyed Susans. My favorite candy is M&M’s. My favorite holiday is Christmas. My favorite vegetable is tomatoes. My favorite fruit is apples. Favorites…

Favorites are fun. They mark who we are, and what we like. Sometimes it’s fun to share what your favorites are. It’s a great way to get to know someone. But favoritism is a whole different story. The dictionary defines it as, “A disposition to favor unfairly or unreasonably”. We are in Acts 10 this week, and we are going to look at favoritism.

Acts 10:34 says, “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.” This is Peter speaking, and he is coming to grips with all that God has shown him. He is understanding that God loves the Gentiles as well as the Jews. This was probably the biggest hurdle the early church had to overcome. Now this is not something that we struggle with today, but we do struggle with favoritism.

When I say favoritism, we think …race, social status, educational background, and …What comes to your mind? There are so many areas of favoritism. God does speak to favoritism. I Peter 1:17 “Since you call on a Father who judges each man’s work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.” Romans 2:11 says, “For God does not show favoritism.”

I’m so thankful God doesn’t show favoritism! But how am I at living God’s way? I am praying this week to look at people through God’s eyes.

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