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Acts 26:18 ” I am sending you to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.”

In this verse the Apostle Paul, (then called Saul) was describing his conversion on the road to Damascus.  The Lord’s commission to Paul then was simple…Go, uncover the truth, and open blinded eyes.  The Lord commissioned him as a servant, (a bringer of light and confirmation) and a witness, (a minister of the Word of Christ) to both Jew and Gentile.  But if we think about it, as Believers, this commission applies to us also.  We are all called to tell others about the Good News of Jesus.  The easiest way to do that is to share your testimony…your personal story of how Jesus came into your life and how now your life has been changed forever by Him.

I Corinthians 9:22 “…I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”

Here the Apostle Paul was showing that he sought to find common ground with whoever he met…whether Jew, Christian, slave, master, weak, or strong in the faith…in order  to preach the Gospel to all.  Unfortunately as a people, we generally  look for petty differences and disagreements than seek out things that we share.  But if we would take the time to think about it, we have much more in common with each other than we can disagree about.  Finding common ground with one another can also be easier if we ask ourselves this question first…In the eternal scheme of things, does this matter?  Sure, there’s some non-negotiables…but really, the vast majority of stuff we fight about makes no difference at all.

II Corinthians 12:9 ” But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ “

The Apostle Paul was given a thorn in his flesh…some chronic, painful condition that plagued him continually.  And even though he had  prayed three times for the Lord to take it – it remained.  This was the same Paul who preformed extraordinary miracles, (Acts 19:11)…cast out evil spirits, (Acts 16:18)…and raised people from the dead, (Acts 20:10).  But the prayers of his own healing went unanswered.  Now many of us would react very badly if we had a great Ministry but were unable to be healed personally of some very visible disease.  But Paul didn’t allow it to make him bitter, or doubt his worth.  Rather, he looked at it from the viewpoint of his dependence on the Lord and his need for humility.  For he writes in Philippians 4:13, “I can do everything through Him Who gives me strength.”  Paul gained his strength through his weakness…for God in His infinite wisdom gave Paul what he needed, not what he wanted.

I Corinthians 1:10 ” I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. “

There was Church division in Corinth…some followed Apollos, some Peter, and some Paul.  All three were Godly men…all three were preaching the Gospel.  So where could there be the disagreement?  Apollos was an Alexandrian Jew that was converted to Christianity and  tutored by Aquila and Priscilla in areas of the faith he was ignorant of.  While Peter was one of the original twelve Disciples that had witnessed firsthand the work of Jesus.  Finally there was Paul, a Jew and persecutor of the Christians until that fateful day on the road to Damascus  when the Lord confronted him.  All three were passionate about the Lord and the desire to evangelize.  But they all came from different backgrounds and different life experiences, and their preaching styles showed it.   Thus Paul exhorted the Believers to be joined together in Christ and the Gospel, not divided apart by man and subtle nuances.

Philippians 1:13 ” As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.”

Yes, Paul did have a “captive” audience to preach to…soldiers, guards, and other prisoners.  But his example and love of Jesus shone through the dismal and wretched conditions.  Paul simply loved people and built bridges of encouragement and trust with anyone he came in contact with.

Proverbs 21: 23 ” He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.”

You may know someone…it might even be yourself that’s developed this fateful disease know as Foot in Mouth.  Some people are so affected,  that the only time their foot comes out of their mouth – is to change socks!  It takes wisdom and discipline not to just blurt out anything that comes to mind.  It takes us thinking before we speak…is this appropriate?…is this kind?…will I regret saying this tomorrow?  So much trouble and misery could be avoided if we’d just learn to think before we opened our mouth.

Acts 10:15 ” Do not call anything impure God has made clean.”

The Lord showed the Apostle Paul that all men – whether Jew or Gentile – were made in His image.  This powerful encounter with God so impacted him, that later in Romans 10:12, Paul declares, “For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all…”