Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 20, 2019

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”

Today’s devotion comes from Acts 16:35-40.

“Now when day came, the chief magistrates sent their policemen, saying, “Release those men.”  And the jailer reported these words to Paul, saying, “The chief magistrates have sent to release you.  Therefore come out now and go in peace.”  But Paul said to them, “They have beaten us in public without trial, men who are Romans, and have thrown us into prison;  and now are they sending us away secretly?  No indeed!  But let them come themselves and bring us out.”  The policemen reported these words to the chief magistrates.  They were afraid when they heard that they were Romans, and they came and appealed to them, and when they had brought them out, they kept begging them to leave the city.  They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.”  Acts 16:35-40.


What boldness by Paul!

Instead of leaving immediately in fear when the chief magistrates decided to release them, Paul threatened the chief magistrates.

The chief magistrates were the ones who were in fear when they heard that they were Romans and considered what they had done to them.

In addition to boldness, Paul showed love and discipline by encouraging the brethren in the house of Lydia before he left the city.

“For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.”  2 Timothy 1:7.


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