Peter was addressing the Jerusalem council, telling them about the salvation of Cornelius and his household. Acts 15:9 says, “And made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”
Here is an redeeming verse. Romans 2:11 says, “For there is no partiality with God.” The Lord is impartial. He does not show favor to one and exclude another. We all have the same love, grace, blessings, and rich benefits of salvation. Equality.
We are to walk as the Lord walked. James 2:9 says, “For if you show partiality, you commit sin.” Partiality in the Strong’s means: favortism, distinction, bias, conditional preference. We can include the word prejudice.
James 2:12 Amplified says, “So speak and so act as (people should) who are to be judged under the law of liberty (the moral instruction given by Christ, especially about love).” James 1:25 defines the perfect law of liberty as God’s word.
We are to judge our thoughts and actions as we read His word. Here is a verse we can judge ourselves with. James 2:1 Amplified says, “My brethren, pay no serville regard to people (show no prejudice, no partiality). Do no (attempt to) hold (and) practice the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Lord) of glory (together with snobbery)!”
Philippians 2:3 is another verse we can use to judge our hearts. It says, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.”
I know of a person who told my friend that she was saved as a young girl. Then she went the way of the world. She has abundant visible large tattoos. She said to my friend: look at me. What church would allow me inside? Her question still rankles me because she is saying that Christians reject her because of her looks. Do we really do that?
1 Corinthians 4:5 says, “Judge nothing before it’s time…” The Amplified uses the words, “…hasty premature judgments…” I am guilty. I’ve jumped to conclusions multiple times before knowing all the facts. Have you?
Here is one of my governor verses. I use it to judge my own walk. 1 John 2:6 says, “He who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk just as He walked.” No prejudice. No contempt of another. No rejecting someone because they are not like we are. Humble. My we all walk with heart integrity, so that our message and messenger are the same.
I’m speaking this to myself. The Holy Spirit brought the word “distinction” to my mind this morning as I started my quiet time. As I looked into His word, I was convicted. That is good. I wanted to share it with you because Matthew 7:2 says, “For with the judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” We are called to be a blessing, and to love our neighbors as ourselves.