James, Cephas, and John, those esteemed as pillars, gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship when they recognized the grace given to me. (Galatians 2:9a)
Before the days of church greeters, I visited a church in Palm Beach. I went alone. None of my friends were churchgoers. No one said hello or gazed at me as I weaseled into an empty back pew. After the service, I said hello to a man who rented storage space where I worked. His eyes brushed the top of my head as his head turned away. I could barely decipher his quick “Hi.” I hurried to my car and didn’t visit any church for several years.
I can imagine Paul’s stomach churning when he entered the church in Jerusalem. If the pillars of the church had greeted him in an unwelcoming manner because they didn’t like the gospel he preached, Paul’s ministry might’ve ended. But they extended the right hand of fellowship.
We require acceptance. So extending the right hand of fellowship is life-giving. Whom can you acknowledge this week?
Father, I feel excluded. So I come to you for love and acceptance. Give me what I need to fulfill my dreams. You’re all I need. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen
2 thoughts on “SOAP Daily Devotional Galatians 2:9a – Do you extend the right hand of fellowship? – Free online Bible study—Commentary in easy English – Day 716”
Not receiving the right hand of fellowship can break a person. It can change their mind forever about a given circumstance. If you are that person that is broken you might never go back to that store, you may never go back to that Dr. , you may never go back to that car dealership, and you may never go back to that church or any church. It can be a life changer when you are not welcomed and feel uncomfortable. God always excepts us and our faults. He gives us courage and strength to get through a difficult situation. We just need to pray. I have prayed for you this morning and about your situation. I love you Sis, and hopefully a resolution will happen quickly.
Thanks for your prayers, Sis. I love your comment. Being welcomed and welcoming is essential for ours and others’ well-being. I prayed for you this morning. I hope you’re doing well.