“When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”
People are not always as they seem!
This scripture is in reference to the centurion who’s servant was sick and asked Jesus to heal him just by saying the word.
As a Roman centurion he didn’t fit the stereotype the Jews had of the Romans…he loved Jews and had even built a place of worship for them. He was an understanding man, wielding authority compassionately.
Even when his servant was sick, he came to Jesus (a Jew) for healing, believing that Jesus had the power to heal by just saying the word. And indeed the servant was healed!
Often times we stereotype and dismiss people who are not like us. But as Christians we must recognize that it’s important that we take the time to meet and get to know people and things we don’t understand or cannot immediately relate to.
Our default position must not be to hate what we don’t understand. Even if in the end our opinion is valid, we must not let that keep us from relating to them.
Our call is to love as Jesus loves…and Jesus loves everyone.
Lord, forgive me for my prejudices and for the rationalizations that I use to justify why I should be unkind and unloving towards others. Give me the courage to step out and relate to everyone, recognizing that they are part of Your image. In Jesus’ name, Amen.