“They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company.” Acts 15:39.
Verse chosen from today’s Bible reading; Leviticus 7-9, and Acts 15.
The Bible is an amazing book.
We often refer folks to the Bible as a source of guidance.
However, I have learned as I read through the entire Bible annually, that there are things in it that take the glitter off the heroes.
Abraham, Moses, Elijah, and David all had their regrettable moments. They were not always God-like.
In today’s verse we have another hero (Paul) taking a negative turn: He can’t get along with fellow-believer Barnabas. So they part company.
Where’s the love? The understanding? Not this time. I disagree, so I flee!
What makes the Bible amazing is that incidents, such as this one, are included. Do you ever wonder why? I think that it helps us to see that the “heroes” are really just like us; needy of God. Apart from God we will mess things up.
Paul and Barnabas should have been able to get along. They were on the same mission; spread the Good News.
If today’s verse had ended with something like, “Paul and Barnabas agreed to disagree on taking John Mark along after praying about it, or “They wished each other well and went about God’s mission.” BUT we don’t get that. They’re angry with each other and off they go in their anger. Just like us??
God does not expect me to agree with every action a Christian brother/sister takes. BUT I had better be tight with Him before I become disagreeable. That step will lessen the possible damage.
“Lord, all of us can be used by You. Open my eyes to see things as You do. Give me Your Words this afternoon. Forgive me for being godlessly disagreeable. I need You in every aspect of daily life. Take me over. Run my life, I beg.”
I must be Godly in everything.