Live In Hope

“The next day, as they were on their journey and approaching the city, Peter went up on the housetop about the sixth hour to pray. And he became hungry and wanted something to eat, but while they were preparing it, he fell into a trance and saw the heavens opened and something like a great sheet descending, being let down by its four corners upon the earth. In it were all kinds of animals and reptiles and birds of the air. And there came a voice to him: ‘Rise, Peter; kill and eat.’  But Peter said, ‘By no means, Lord; for I have never eaten anything that is common or unclean.’ And the voice came to him again a second time, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’ This happened three times, and the thing was taken up at once to Heaven.” ~ Acts 10:9-16ESV

Peter was a Jew who found it difficult to understand why and how Gentiles could be forgiven and receive the same kind of forgiveness the Jews could. God sent His Son, Jesus, so that He could cover and cleanse every person, not just the Jews. Not just those we deem worthy, but all people who would accept His Son.

Often times, we forget that God is the God of anyone who will accept His Son. Ex-drug addicts, ex-cons, ex-felons, ex-prostitutes, anyone society deems unworthy, God still loves. God still deems them worthy enough to receive Jesus. No matter what you’ve done, no matter what your child has done, God is still waiting for His prodigal child to come home. There is always hope. Until that final heartbeat, don’t give up hope. God hasn’t, He continues to give opportunities even when He knows we won’t take them. God still lives in hope, so should we.

Peace. Love. Go Forth and Live In Hope.

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