“Then 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)
Daily Meditation: Psalm 30, Acts 10
Think for a minute about some of your favorite things: your favorite food, your favorite show, your favorite outfit, your favorite hobby. We all have things in life that we just enjoy. We may even have a few people that we like more than others. We tend to gravitate toward people who are kind, compassionate, loyal, and selfless. It’s hard not to have a few favorite people in your life that you are drawn to more than others.
But God isn’t like that. He “does not show favoritism.” We are all incredibly and equally special to him! Even when we disobey and let our sin natures get the best of us, he does not love us any less. He never picks favorites, and nothing we do can ever diminish his all-consuming love for us. He loves each one of us individually, and we are all complete in him. There is no favoritism with our Father.
Yet at the same time, he does show us his favor by lavishing his love on each and every one of us! Just take a minute to think about the fact that, as Psalm 30:5 (NIV) says, “… his favor lasts a lifetime… ” God favors me?Yep. And he does so throughout your entire life. Wow.
What does this mean for us? It means that we can rejoice in God’s favor! But it also means that we need to show favor to the people around us, recognizing that they are all loved by God just as much as we are. Maybe it’s that person who just rubs you the wrong way. Maybe it’s that person you’re harboring a grudge against. Let’s follow God’s example today and show love to everyone!
“God has no favorite children.”
– David Yonggi Cho
Be fearless: We are his, and that is enough. He welcomes us, period. You are favored by him, and nothing you can do will change that fact!
by Julie Clinton & Dina Jones
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Julie Clinton, MAd, MBA, is president of Extraordinary Women and host of EWomen conferences all across America. She is the author of several books including A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him, and Extraordinary Women. She is passionate about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia with their children, Megan and Zach.