“As I began to speak,” Peter continued, “the Holy Spirit fell onÂ them, just as he fell on us at the beginning. Then I thought of theÂ Lord’s words when he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you willÂ be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’Â And since God gave theseÂ Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the LordÂ Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?”Â – (Acts 11:15-17)
Breaking through prejudice and hatred is tough. We often needÂ some dramatic act that captures our attention and moves our hearts.Â God gave his people that dramatic act through the work of dreams,Â visions, and direction of the Holy Spirit in the conversion ofÂ Cornelius. God was determined to break down the barriers that stoodÂ between peoples and nations and races (Eph. 2:14-18).
If we opposeÂ “the Spirit of unity” (Eph. 4:3), we need to understand that we areÂ standing in the way of God! Disunity, prejudice, and division areÂ actions that directly oppose and grieve the Holy Spirit (Eph.Â 4:29-32).
Prayer : Dear Father, I know that Jesus prayed for unity, so I join myÂ Savior in his prayer. Help us be one. Convict us when we areÂ divisive. Open our eyes to the damage our hurtful and hateful wordsÂ can cause. Send your Holy Spirit to move us, change us, and draw usÂ closer together in you. In Jesus’ name I offer my prayer. Amen.