Acts 10:24-44:Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him....All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who heard the word.
I live in an area notorious for its shifting clay and consequent unstable house foundations. My house, while no exception, has only very minor issues, and so far all of them remain confined to one very small part of the house.
I wonder if most people are like me in that the weaknesses in their spiritual “foundations” are generally confined to one area or tendency. When I become anxious or fearful, I always react in the same, unhealthy ways. Now that I know where those tendencies are, I can catch them and perhaps begin to repair or even eliminate them over time.
When Peter spoke to the people, he emphasized reliance on God and on God’s mercy to those who love him. Peter said, “All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Believing in God’s salvation and God’s grace is the strong foundation on which the Christian life must be based.
Knowing we are the beloved of God, we can begin to identify and eliminate the small weak places in the foundation.
Psalms 66, 67; Ezekiel 3:4-11 (The Confession of St. Peter)
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