It seems that no matter what one does, conflicts are bound to happen. Peter's report of his visit to Cornelius aroused hostility and opposition among some of the believers at Jerusalem (Acts 11:2-3). His behavior in Joppa, socializing with the hated and feared Gentiles, was unacceptable-even scandalous.
But Peter responded with a clear, honest description of what happened (11:4-17). He filled in the gaps in their understanding and gently interpreted his activities. As a result, he not only achieved understanding, but created acceptance and approval for the new converts (11:18).
Is there a need for advocacy, interpretation, or gentle persuasion in your world? Can you be a source of grace and truth between adversaries?
Peter's encounter with the believers at Jerusalem was not the end of the controversy over Gentiles in the church.