ACTS 11:1-18


The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3 and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”

4 Starting from the beginning, Peter told them the whole story: 5 “I was in the city of Joppa praying, and in a trance I saw a vision. I saw something like a large sheet being let down from heaven by its four corners, and it came down to where I was. 6 I looked into it and saw four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, reptiles and birds. 7 Then I heard a voice telling me, ‘Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.’

8 “I replied, ‘Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’

9 “The voice spoke from heaven a second time, ‘Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.’ 10 This happened three times, and then it was all pulled up to heaven again.

11 “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying. 12 The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. 13 He told us how he had seen an angel appear in his house and say, ‘Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. 14 He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.’

15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?”

18 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.”

Today's devotional is a prayer that incorporates truths about God’s character and love that we see displayed in our Scripture reading. This prayer is based on Acts 11:1-18.



Lord, As we read Your Word, we know that it reads us in return. We read today of a critical spirit that rose among the circumcised believers about Peter’s actions. We often stand in their fault-finding shoes, knowing it is so easy to be critical of others, especially in areas where we think we have it all together.

Holy Spirit, conform us to Christ and change our hearts so that they well up with compassion and grace. Instead of defaulting to criticism, teach us to do the harder task of seeing the good in others. Remind us that each person has been at least somewhat shaped by their circumstances and all humans carry heavy burdens which may not be visible in plain sight.

Help us to recall the principle taught by Jesus that one who has been forgiven much will love much (Luke 7:47). As we contemplate the great depth of our sin and the even greater depth of Your love which covers sin, give us overwhelming joy, gentleness toward others, and love towards You!

You have granted repentance to even us, and we praise You. Help us to extend the same grace to others, leaving unsaid things that are not kind and true and helpful for building others up.

Through Christ our Lord we pray, Amen.

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