Scripture: from verse 9
Remember that in heaven both you and they have the same Master, and He has no favorites.
Observation: This is part of Paul’s advice to slave owners: treat your slaves well and respectfully, because in God’s eyes you’re no better than them. Thankfully we no longer have slavery in most of the world, but this is far from irrelevant.
This sums up the core of how believing communities and relationships should function. God knows me and God loves me. God also knows and loves my husband, my sister, my neighbor, my rabbi, and even the woman who keeps implying that I need to do a better job of keeping Beauty’s curls under control.
So I can share my heart, confident that God will protect me. (Of course, sometimes He protects me by letting me know I shouldn’t share my heart. It’s not like my brain is turned off.) And I can extend grace to people who annoy me, because I know that God loves them and He is fitting them into where they need to be. And I don’t have to fix people, because God has already planned out their trajectory.
If I use on God’s wisdom, I don’t have to rely on my own. Considering how flawed I am, that’s a relief.
Application: Treat others with respect and love. At the End of the Day, we’re all just people. And God loves us.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for seeing our hearts and not just our appearance and our actions. Thank you for taking the time to know me. Thank you for not having favorites but for meeting each of us where we are. Amen.