Sunday, 10 April 2011

'God is not partial . . .' - Acts 10:34.

All Scriptures are taken from the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures unless otherwise stated.

'God is not partial, but in every nation, the man that fears him and works righteousness is acceptable to him.' - Acts 10:34, 35

Jesus was a great exemplifier in his neutrality towards everyone - including those persecuting him, and he only ever did as his Father wished in these matters. As Jehovah does not favour one nationality or race over another, Jesus showed this same neutrality, such as when dealing with the Samaritan woman by the city of Sy'char, in Samaria, when he wished to drink of the waters from Jacob's  fountain (John 4:5-26). His treatment of the woman sets us a fine example to follow.

In Ephesians 4:25-27, Paul says:

"Wherefore, now that YOU have put away falsehood, speak truth each one of YOU with his neighbour, because we are members belonging to one another.

His words are something that we should all strive to do, as no true Christian would wish to misrepresent the facts, or try to mislead anyone. Showing honesty in every aspect of our lives gives a shining example of our Father, Jehovah, and of our King, Jesus.

In these days of pressure to conform to your own nationality's ways and ideals, it can be hard to step away from the systems of the world, but we must always strive to follow Jehovah's ways, as the abiding message throughout the Bible is one of love for our fellow man, and we are told time and again that we should treat everyone we meet as of they were our neighbours. To do this, we should do our very best to follow the advice given in Matthew 5:43-48

"YOU heard that it was said, ‘You must love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ However, I say to YOU: Continue to love YOUR enemies and to pray for those persecuting YOU; that YOU may prove yourselves sons of YOUR Father who is in the heavens, since he makes his sun rise upon wicked people and good and makes it rain upon righteous people and unrighteous. For if YOU love those loving YOU, what reward do YOU have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the same thing? And if YOU greet YOUR brothers only, what extraordinary thing are YOU doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing the same thing? YOU must accordingly be perfect, as YOUR heavenly Father is perfect.'

By showing love to everyone we meet, and being truthful, even when we are trying to be careful not to embarrass anyone, we can continue the work that Jesus set us, in the certainty that we are representing Jehovah in the best example we can ever follow. 

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