we read in Acts 21:17-40, Paul arrives at Jerusalem. The conflict that still existed between Paul and the Jewish leaders was about salvation by grace alone or the requirement of keeping the Law of Moses. Many in the Jerusalem church wanted to force Christians to keep the petty religious rules.
Paul was willing to compromise and go through the Jewish ritual of purification by taking the Nazarite vow which consisted of shaving his head. He was willing to go through this in order to establish unity but it didn’t work out. One thing led to another and a mob gathered against Paul. If not for a Roman commander stepping in, Paul would have been beaten to death.
In the world in which we live today, we face to some issues that Paul faced. We can never please everyone. Some want to push society into directions we don’t need to go. They are very closed minded, impatient, and will not allow the other side the chance to speak their mind. If they finally allow the other side to speak, they don’t want to listen.
What we have to do is please the Lord by amplifying the Truth to unify the masses. Doing what the Bible teaches and not what secular thought says to do. To boldly step ahead and do what the Lord wants us to do even if many don’t accept it. At least the other side will gain respect because of our boldness.
Lord, this day can be amazing if we continue to do what Your Word tells us to do. Lord help us this day if we are tempted to judge. Remind us that everyone has tremendous value in Your eyes. Lord, we believe in Your Son, we are adaptable; allowing various attitudes and convictions yet never compromising principle. For it is our belief in Your Truth that unifies. Amen.