Tuesday, June 1
Acts 27:39-28:6 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore...
think about it.
Why did the people first fear Paul? They changed their minds but still misjudged him; how do you handle being misjudged?
I was struck by the actions of the centurion and the Maltese people today. The centurion, "wishing to save Paul," stops the soldiers from killing Paul and the rest of the prisoners on the ship. And the Maltese people welcomed, took in and helped the entire shipload of people who washed ashore on their island. Acts 28:2 says, "The native people showed us unusual kindness." Now none of these people are Christians, yet they all responded exceptionally when it comes to kindness. So that tells me that as a Christian, I should be responding at least to this level, and probably more.
So what can we do to ensure that we are approaching and responding to all situations with kindness and love? Is there someone or a situation you're aware of where you could show a little extra kindness and love this week? Tami W.
P.S. Think about how you feel when someone goes out of their way to show you kindness and love. It's sweet isn't it? So let's return the favor and be a giver of unusual kindness!
Powered by 4 is all about engaging God's Word and living it out--in community. So if it's encouragement you want or motivation you need, join the discussion on the P4 Blog--a place to weigh in on the daily scripture as well as share thoughts & questions. And, for a more in-depth look at the Powered by 4 readings, tune in to the daily Back to the Bible radio program with Woodrow Kroll.