Acts 23: 11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
This morning as I read the 23rd chapter of Paul I could not help but be stunned and saddened by the behavior of those who called themselves men of God. But I also realize I have the advantage of hindsight, the gospels and the knowledge of 2000 years of Christian teaching. I know Paul was right and just in what he was doing. However, the men of his day only knew the law. In their eyes what they were doing was right and they were defending God.
We can see the mistakes of the Temple leaders and others during the days of Jesus and Paul. We know Jesus was the Messiah. But would we have been any different? Would we have been so focused on what we thought was right that we failed to see Jesus? What about today? When our cause is just, do we act in a way that is compassionate and loving? Do we reach out to help people grow and learn or just tell them they are wrong and move on? Do we reach out and try to help people understand?
Who around you today needs someone to show them compassion? Who needs some extra love and care? To whom can you be the hands and voice of Jesus?
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