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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for May 12, 2018

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SATURDAY, May 12

Acts 21:12-13 When we heard this, we and the people there urged him not to go up to Jerusalem. Then Paul answered, “What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be bound but even to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.”

Most of us would probably hesitate to invite Paul to a dinner party; one of Paul’s spiritual gifts is his ability to upset everyone, everywhere he goes. The community of Jews zealous for the law accuse Paul of persuading people to forsake Moses. At the same time, Paul also mocks the man-made idols of the Gentiles.

A lightning-rod figure, Paul makes James and the other apostles uncomfortable. We witness in this passage the lengths to which they go to try to smooth Paul’s rougher edges. As we will soon read, it’s a losing battle for the apostles to try to soften Paul’s edge; God’s love means that Paul cannot be contained.

MOVING FORWARD: Do you have a spiritual gift that can sometimes be disruptive or sharp? How do you use it well? When have you needed to soften it?

Good Book Club Reading: Acts 21:1-26

PRAY for the Dioceses of Chelmsford, Chelmsford-Barking, Chelmsford-Bradwell, and Chelmsford-Colchester (England)

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