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Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.”
— Acts 10:34-35 (NIV)
One day, our four-year-old daughter came up to my wife and me and said, “Daddy, Mommy, two people with different-colored eyes can be friends.” She paused and ended with an emphatic, “Really, they can!” My wife and I laughed. What made it so funny was not only our daughter’s enthusiasm but the thought, Of course they can be friends! After all, who would be shallow enough to turn down a friend because of their eye color?
This made me think about how shallow humans can often be. We treat others poorly or kindly based on things like skin color or nationality or other superficial qualities such as income, material success — or lack of it.
But we know that God doesn’t cast anyone aside. In fact, God loves variety. God doesn’t pick one skin color, body type, or success level and ignore the rest. Scripture shows just the opposite. God’s children come from every conceivable group, skin color, and economic level.
Whenever we feel judged by the world, we can turn to God and what the Bible teaches about God’s view of us instead. In God, we find a love so deep that we can never hit bottom.
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