Love Without Limits by Terry J. Hallock

Love Without Limits
Terry J. Hallock
Acts 10:34-35
February 23, 1997

In the tenth chapter of Acts Peter declares a truth which must live at the heart of this fellowship if we're to be the Church we've always longer for.

"Then Peter began to speak: 'I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.'"

In God's heart there is love without limits and in God's family it must be the same. In God's heart there is room for every color and every culture and in God's family it must be the same. In God's heart there is no favoritism of rich over poor, young over old, male over female and in God's family it must be the same. In God's heart there are no front row seats reserved only for the affluent and well dressed. In God's heart every seat is a front row seat where those with torn clothes sit side by side with those adorned in tailored suits, where those with dirty faces commune with those bathed in the world's precious oils and where those whose pockets are empty are treated as brothers by those whose purses overflow. That is how it is in God's heart and that is how it must be in God's family.

Wherever there is a spirit on fire with a hunger for God and a soul committed to walking in His ways God's arms are unconditionally wrapped about that life. Whether that person is black or white, rich or poor, smoothly cultured or roughly hewn, whether they seek God in a simple wood frame meeting house or in the midst of a beautiful cathedral, if they have a heart for the Lord His voice declares "This is my child". The voices of His family are to shout the same. "This is my brother. This is my sister." That's how it is in God's heart and that is how it must be in God's family. Is it?

The words of Peter that spoke about the inclusive and unlimited love of God for those who love Him were an expression of radical change in Peter's heart. Peter had just been confronted by The Holy Spi ...


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