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The Uncommon Love of God

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Imagine living such a godly life that the Creator of the Universe takes special notice of you!

Job and Cornelius were two such men whose devotion got God’s attention—yet both experienced what it was like to be despised and rejected by men (Job 1-42, Acts 10-11).  

Job’s rejection came after all-manner of destruction had overtaken this once-wealthy and honored man.

Cornelius’ rejection had been lifelong because he was a Gentile. 

Yet God took notice of them and even set things in motion to redeem them to a place of acceptance and honor.

Everyone envied Job. He seemed to have it all: money, family, friends – plus he loved God. In Job 1:1 he is described as “blameless – a man of complete integrity.  He feared God and stayed away from evil.”

Yet when calamity struck him and his household, people mocked him. Friends even said that only the wicked experienced such turmoil.

Job was grieved by such accusations, and he longed to be understood!  In Job 19:23, he said, “Oh, that my words could be recorded...” 

He did not know that those very words would be part of God’s written Word – giving hope to generations regarding how a righteous man endures trials! 

In the midst of his hurt, Job had faith rise up in him as he proclaimed “my Redeemer lives...” (verse 25). Job knew that one day he would stand before a Righteous Judge – and I believe that thought gave him hope. 

How amazing that he had such hope before experiencing a breakthrough!  He even prayed for the friends who accused him before anything had gotten better for him!

Another man of great renown, Cornelius, lived at the time of the Apostle Peter and the early Christian church.  Cornelius was a Roman army captain of the Italian Regiment.  He is described as a “devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God” (Acts 10:1-2).

Cornelius’ servants described him as one “well respected by all the Jews,” (verse 22). Yet Cornelius had become accustomed to being kept at arm’s length, never fully embraced by God’s chosen people.  But God wanted to change that. 

As Cornelius prayed one day, an angel appeared to him, saying

“Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!”  (Acts 10:4).

The angel instructed Cornelius to send men to Joppa and summon Peter; meanwhile, God worked on Peter’s heart.

Through a vision, God instructed Peter to “not call something unclean if God has made it clean” (Acts 10:15).

So as Cornelius’ three men arrived at the home where Peter was staying, God furthermore instructed Peter,

“Get up, go downstairs and go with them without hesitation. Don’t worry, for I have sent them” (v. 20).

This was a big step for Peter.

Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean” (v. 28).

And after hearing Cornelius share why he sent for him, Peter replied:

“I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right” (vs. 34-35).

This encounter helped open a door to greater fellowship between the entire family of God. 

Dear Father, we know that Jesus, too, was despised and rejected by men. Help us to not show favoritism, but to see others as you see them. Your word tells us that the world will recognize us as Christians by our love for one another. So, thank You for helping us love in a greater way! In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen!


Scripture is quoted from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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Kimberly Poteet

Kimberly has worked at CBN since 2018. She lives in TN with her husband, teen son, and dog. And she has an adult son and a beautiful daughter-in-love. They are a homeschooling family.

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