“’Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.’ This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them.” Act 15:1-2.
Some Jews wanted to put up an additional hurdle up for recently converted Gentiles.
They seemed to be saying, “You can be saved but if you actually want to be one of us you’ll have to do this.”
Circumcision was something they could do, but when it was turned into a requirement it went too far. Paul/Barnabas quickly saw the attempt to add works to acceptability and it riled them up.
I see verses like today’s and I wonder if I argue enough or too little. I don’t hesitate at home to stand up for things but away from home? Why so quiet?
An obvious solution would be for me to pipe down at home and open up elsewhere.
How do I choose where to get involved and where not to? It all runs back to being filled with the Holy Spirit. That filling brings with it timing. That is the missing ingredient for me.
There are certainly times to take a stand. Can I “stand” in God’s love? Will His Love show forth in the words I use to dispute/debate something? They must.
At home, I need to keep my opinions under wraps. That doesn’t mean that I agree all the time, but it does mean that I hear/consider before opinionating.
Conclusion: I must be filled with the Holy Spirit if I am going to dispute/debate in a Godly way.