Genesis 1:27 “So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
🔴 PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!
I attend a Bible Study group that has never tolerated any discussion of any kind concerning religious affiliations, politics, racial tensions, or any topic that might cause “a distraction from studying God’s Word.” I can assure you that the study is good, which focuses on daily devotion and God’s Word.
It is a great habit, and over the last decade, been joyfully addictive. The group discussions can only go to a certain point of application or current comparative events to keep away from “a rabbit trail.”
In no way do I mean to minimize this excellent study because it is one of the best I have ever attended. I generally love the daily questions and program.
I was pleasantly surprised when, for the first time, I read in the notes from this study an inference to race differences, which are not sanctioned by God.
Our world today is bombarded with racial tension, bigotry, and prejudicial injustices towards God’s creation. If we as followers of Christ can’t come together and even talk about this catastrophic evil, what can we expect from the world that does not know that God made all human beings in His image?
“You are worthy, O Lord, our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.” (Revelations 4:11)
As believers in You, our Creator, we pray Lord, we can begin to communicate openly as one human race. May you open our hearts, minds, eyes, and souls that we may see You and each other as one. For you have formed us in the womb and know the very hairs of our heads. Please:
Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. 24 Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. 25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25) Amen.
~Diana L.W. Coleman
- How can seeing something from someone else’s perspective help you to be more kind?
- How can you make a sacrifice for someone today?
This devotional was written by Diana L.W. Coleman a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose® Edited by Torrie Slaughter in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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