(Read Acts 11:19-24)
Grace is God’s undeserved, unmerited favor and blessing. If you are a child of God, no doubt you have experienced God’s grace on one level or another. Today’s text reveals God’s grace reaching out to a people who were once thought unreachable. The Jews did not think non-Jews could be saved. Do you have spiritual misconceptions like that? Most likely you do but are unaware of what they are.
Consider the following verses…
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9, NLT.
“for he wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4, NLT.
Barnabas was a great example of God’s heart to grant grace to all men. When Barnabas saw evidence of God’s grace working in these non-Jews he was “glad” and simply encouraged them to continue with the Lord.
And I will follow his example in my exhortation to you.
“Think of ways to encourage one another to outbursts of love and good deeds. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24, 25, NLT.