Paul devoted a lot of his teaching to healing the rift between Jews and non-Jews who believed in Jesus. In this verse he goes even further and says all are one in Jesus’s eyes, even women or slaves. Most today have a different view of women, and (thank God!) slavery is outlawed in the U.S. But humans always find a way to identify the “out” crowd: people who are uneducated or overeducated; have legal or illegal immigration status; vote Democrat or Republican; cheer for the Vikings or Packers; identify as Baptist or Catholic or Mormon, or straight or gay; or even those who are on time to church or always late.
1. Do you have any groups that you think of as “others”?
2. How do you find unity in Christ with those who are “other”?
Challenge: Pray for Jesus followers who are different from you, and pray that Jesus will let you see them through His eyes.
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