Today’s Reading: Acts 10:1-23 

Just think for a moment. If you were to give up control of your own plans for even just an hour, where might the Holy Spirit of God send you? How many of your “accidental” encounters with other people are really divinely ordained? It can become easy for us, who are accustomed to the Church, to take for granted that those on the outside already “know” what we are about but many, many people don’t understand.

Research experts tell us we communicate only 7% with our words, 35% with our tone of voice and 58% with our actions.

Peter knew that it was easy to say the right things but difficult to live them out – especially with a visit to the house of a Gentile Roman centurion. The apostle’s visit to the house of Cornelius sent ripples of acceptance, love and spiritual empowerment to most of the Gentile world.

Peter’s presence meant that the truth of the gospel was about to overcome difficult social, political and religious barriers. According to Jewish law, Peter was prohibited from entering into a home of a Gentile. Peter’s visit took great courage, faith, and obedience. Healing could now begin because of one single person’s willingness to prove Christ’s love through a visit. It can also happen in your lives this week.

Never underestimate the power of a loving word, a kind note, a phone call, an email or a word of appreciation.  Few people realize how important it is to love not just in word, but in deed and in truth.

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