When Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.  For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group.
We probably don’t realise how much of an influence we are on one another. We “spur one another on to love and good deeds” (Hebrews 10.24). And we are a restraining influence on one another’s old natures. This happens every time we meet, even though we probably don’t notice it happening. Sometimes it is necessary for believers to challenge one another face to face, as Paul challenged Cephas (Peter). Right now we cannot do that. So let us be especially careful to be open to the Lord challenging us directly; spend time in prayer and in meditating on his word, so that what we currently lack in fellowship with one another may be filled by fellowship with our precious Saviour by his Spirit.
Spirit, I welcome you today to continue your work of shaping me into Christ’s image.