“God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he acceptsÂ Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us.”Â – (Acts 15:8)
These words come from Peter’s defense of taking the good news ofÂ Jesus to Gentiles — Cornelius and his household (Acts 10:1-48).Â From the moment that the Holy Spirit came upon Cornelius and theÂ other believers in his household, Peter and his companions wereÂ convicted that God had shown he approved of their conversion (ActsÂ 10:44-48; 11:15-18).
The Holy Spirit is God’s way of showing thatÂ we are part of his family (Rom. 8:9). The unity, the bond, theÂ family tie that we share is precious and to be rigorously protectedÂ (Eph. 4:3). The Spirit is our assurance that we belong to God andÂ are family with each other!
Prayer : O Father, tear down the walls that keep your children apart.Â Thank you for confirming that I am your child through the presenceÂ of the Holy Spirit within me. May I deeply value each of yourÂ children, my brothers and sisters, for whom Christ died and in whomÂ the Holy Spirit lives. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.