Common grace

by Rev Lai Kai Ming

Readings: Acts 23:11-35; Proverbs 10:17

READ (verse/s chosen for meditation)
Acts 23:29
I found out that he was accused concerning questions of their law, but had nothing charged against him deserving of death or chains.

The above words were spoken by a Roman commander, who felt that Paul should not be handed to his Jewish enemies. Whatever we might say about the Roman empire, there was a basic justice system that punished evil and protected the innocent. This is evidence that even those who do not know God were guided by their conscience, and benefited from a general revelation of justice. Let us not be too quick to dismiss everything that do not fit into our religious systems (or laws).

The Christian church is often guilty of not recognizing the goodness of God in places that don’t look “Christian”. For example, we criticize our “secular” government for their mistakes, but fail to give thanks for the many things they do right. Or we would judge non-Christians for their bad habits (like smoking), without affirming their filial piety and good work ethic. This is a reflection of our own narrow mindedness, which in turn reveals a lack of biblical understanding. No wonder so many people are not attracted to our faith! 😦

Lord, open our eyes, that we might see Your image in all that You have created. Grant us compassion to love those who don’t look or sound like us.


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