Gift: Understanding – With the gift of understanding, we comprehend how we need to live as a follower of Jesus Christ. A person with understanding is not confused by all the conflicting messages in our culture about the right way to live.
Reading: When they opposed him and reviled him, he shook out his garments 2 and said to them, “Your blood be on your heads! I am clear of responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” (Acts 18:6)
Observation: As I read Paul’s words to the Corinthians today, I am hearing him say to us that even though the truth may be hard to accept because of our experience, it doesn’t make it any less true and therefore necessary that we accept it. Paul’s words were not like those of Jesus, who said to shake the dust from your feet and move on. Paul was so connected to these Jewish people because of his own heritage, it was more emotional of a response to their rejection of the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Personification: Joy I think it would be good for us to remember this story of Paul’s reaction to the Jewish people’s rejection in Corinth, by remembering that he may have had an initial emotional response but immediately looked for where God was calling him next. I will focus on the joy that comes from telling the Good News to someone who hasn’t heard it before, rather than the negative response that I may get from revealing some truth that is hard to accept for a nominal Christian.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be able to accept all of your truth as it is being revealed to me through the church and the Word of God that you are speaking to me through. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit. Amen.