Wednesday, June 1
Acts 15:36-40 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brothers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are"...
think about it.
What was the problem between Paul and Barnabas (15:36-38)? How did they resolve it (15:39-40)? What were the side benefits to this division? How do you handle it when someone serving with you leaves the job? What are some ways you can disagree agreeably?
Yesterday we saw how Paul and Barnabas handled and worked through controversy and disagreement over the Jewish law concerning circumcision. Today we have another disagreement, but this one isn't over the law; it has to do with a personal difference of opinion about whether John (aka Mark) should join Paul and Barnabas as they travel. Apparently Mark had bowed out of working with them on an earlier occasion. Paul took issue/offense with Mark's leaving and Barnabas did not. Verses 39-40 tell us "And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him ... but Paul chose Silas and departed..."
Disagreement doesn't always end with everyone coming together with one mind or one way of thinking. But as this passage shows us, sometimes that's ok.
So what does Acts 15:36-41 show us about working with other believers? What does it show us about not letting disagreements interfere with, and get us off track in, doing God's work? Tami W.
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