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Grow in tolerance for others

'God shows no partiality.' Acts 10:34 NKJV

Tolerance isn't just about agreeing to embrace our differences. It's about accepting another's freedom to believe what they want, and to respect those beliefs. One of the best tests of spiritual maturity is: how willing am I to love and pray for those whose beliefs and behaviours are unacceptable to me? Instead of condemning people, we should have compassion for them and show them a better way. Let's be clear: compassion doesn't mean compromise. We need to be like our heavenly Father, who loves sinners, but hates sin.

In Bible days, Jews looked down on Gentiles and referred to them as 'dogs' (see Matthew 15:26-28). But Jesus came and redeemed those 'dogs' and turned them into disciples. When Cornelius the Gentile summoned Peter the Jew to his home, Peter said, 'You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean' (Acts 10:28 NKJV). God was shaking up deeply-rooted traditions and opening up new opportunities for the Gospel. Peter continued, 'God shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears him and works righteousness is accepted by him' (Acts 10:34-35 NKJV).

If we're open to God, he'll work in us to grow our tolerance, and show us new ways to share his love.

So what now? Talk to people from a different Christian denomination or different faith to you. Spend time listening to their beliefs and share yours with them if they are open.

Soulfood: 2 Sam 3:22-7:17 Lk 7:1-10 Ps 109:16-31 Pro 18:1-3,

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