Remember when James and John wanted to call down fire from heaven and destroy a Samaritan village for not receiving Jesus? That was before the Cross, before the Resurrection, before the Holy Spirit, before the Great Commission. And afterwards?
So after Peter and John had solemnly testified and spoken the word of the Lord, they started back to Jerusalem, proclaiming the good news to many Samaritan villages as they went.
Acts 8:25 NET
It’s said that time puts things into perspective. In the case of the apostles, it is the Cross, the Resurrection, the Spirit, and the Commission that moved them from wanting to see the Samaritans destroyed, Jonah-like, to preaching the message of salvation to their close and bitter enemies.
Should it not be for us as well?
Father, thank you for the perspective of the Cross, that turns us from spite to the Spirit of grace.
Hold this thought: The cross of Christ shines the light of love on all.