13 Oct Are your own beliefs building walls or bridges?
During the month of October, we are reading through the book of Galatians together as a church family. Download the 31-day devotional booklet to join us. Each week, we’ll share a SOAP from a member of our team. This week, it’s from Diana Swinehart who leads our First Impressions team.
This passage is explaining how Peter had originally chosen to eat with the Gentiles but was then influenced away from them after the Jews arrived. The Jews and Gentiles had differing views and laws from one another, and that’s why Paul expressed his opposition about Peter.
These verses are unfortunately so representative of what is sometimes wrong with religion today. If we aren’t careful, we can find ourselves in a place where we allow rules or traditions of a religion to separate us from one another. Our differing beliefs can lead us to build walls between us that keep people out or turn people away, instead of uniting us under the shared love of Jesus. I also can’t help but wonder if I ever allow my own beliefs about other things in my life to build walls between myself and others.
Dear Heavenly Father, I pray for your wisdom and guidance to help me to keep an open mind and an open heart when it comes to those that I might not share the same beliefs with. I want to be someone who is accepting of others, putting aside our differences in beliefs or opinions, ultimately coming together in a way that honors and serves you. Lord you call us to love one another as you have loved us, and I thank you you for that call. In your precious name I pray, amen.