January 11, 2016
In today’s lesson Peter, whose name was Simon, met with Cornelius and his family. Cornelius and his family were not Jewish, they were Gentiles, and many Jews felt that Peter was committing a sin (going against God) by meeting with people who were not Jewish.
Peter explained that he saw a vision that provided many types of animal meat that he was instructed to eat. Peter first said that he could not eat some of it because according to his teaching (laws), some of the meat was forbidden (unclean).
God explained to Peter that He made all things and that anything that comes from God is good. What God told Peter about meat also meant the same for people. All things come from God and the knowledge about Jesus should be shared so that all people can be saved through the knowledge that Jesus died for all of our sins.
God offers salvation to anyone who asks! We must share our lessons of how God saves anyone who is willing to listen and believe in the lessons about Jesus. We should not become upset (get in the way) when someones shares our teachings with others who may have different beliefs from ours.