Friday, December 4th, 2009
"There is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave, freeman, but Christ is all things and in all." (Colossians 3:11)
All lives are precious in God’s eyes, and we want to view things in the same way. Having God’s view of people also means preaching to all, regardless of their circumstances. Some may be homeless, unkempt, or obviously living an immoral life. If certain individuals treat us unkindly, that should not cause us to form negative opinions about their nationality or ethnic group as a whole. Paul was treated badly by some, but he did not allow that to cause him to give up preaching to people of that background. (Acts 14:5-7, 19-22) He trusted that some individuals would respond appreciatively. Having a proper view—Jehovah’s view—is needed in our dealings with our local brothers, our international brotherhood, and people in the field. We will thereby be a force for peace and unity.—Job 34:19.
(Watchtower issue: 3/15/08, 5:19-21)