One of the by products of forgiving but not forgetting leaves behind a wake of tarnished reputations. For those doing the judging, a divide is created separating the right from the wrong. This mindset develops false assumptions, resulting in a belief that you and your ways are far superior than others.
“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean,” Acts 10:14.
Prior to his encounter with Cornelius, Peter believed that Gentiles were impure, based upon their consumption of unclean animals detailed within Leviticus. While praying on a roof, Peter fell into a trace like state. During this time, a vision from God was revealed to Peter to put an end his stereotypes of all Gentiles. Through a series of events, Peter came to the conclusion that what you eat no longer makes you impure.
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean,” Acts 10:15.
Today, there are too many individuals who have become conceded, filled with a “I’m better than you attitude.” Subsequently, spirits of arrogance motivate those who are in positions of power or wealth. Thus, its essential for the aloof to have a Peter like experience. Although this won’t happen all at once, may the Lord help those blinded by pride to become enlightened by the the reality Gentiles are no longer impure.
by Jay Mankus