Father, make a difference in my heart that’s daily evident in my life.
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“…the Holy Spirit came on them as He had come on us at the beginning … if God gave them the same gift as He gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God? … God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.” (v 15-18 NIV)
Long ago, Lord, You gave a promise to Abraham that all people would be blessed through him (Gen 12:3), that You’d impact all the nations of the earth through him (Gen 18:18). Here in this passage is yet another reflection by Your early followers on the beginnings of Your fulfillment of that promise You made centuries before. Here, before You THIS day, in the present, sits evidence of Your continuing fulfillment of that promise: as I, one who would’ve been called a “Gentile” in the time of Peter, have been blessed with the gift of salvation and the intimate knowledge of Your precious Son, Jesus. THANK YOU, Father, for Your faithfulness! Thank You for Your mercy and grace! Keep on shaping me to be just like Jesus. Amen.