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Acts of Disciples

Being angry is not a sin, but how you act or talk while you are angry can be sinful

The Acts of Disciples
They Work Through Troubles – Part I

Scripture Reading: Acts 13:13-52

Key Verses: Acts 13:50-51
Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. So, they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium.

Yesterday’s Scripture Reading gave us a picture of the powerful working of the Holy Spirit. Today’s Scripture Reading reminds us that the work of God deals with troubles, lots of troubles.

The first problem that Paul and Barnabas had to deal with was John Mark’s departure because he wanted to go home. We would not have realized that this was a problem if it wasn’t for the argument that Paul and Barnabas had:

After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.” Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark. But Paul disagreed strongly since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work. Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. Paul chose Silas, and as he left, the believers entrusted him to the Lord’s gracious care. (Acts 15:36-40)

It is troubling to read about this disagreement that was so sharp that these two men of God decided to go their separate ways. How can two men, each filled with the Holy Spirit, not be able to settle a disagreement?

However, it is encouraging to realize that even in the early church, where people were able to perform such mighty miracles, they still had disagreements and problems. It is encouraging because we see the same type things happening in today’s church… godly people unable to work problems out.

To have a disagreement does not necessarily mean that either party is in the wrong. Due to our personalities and background, we often see things in totally different ways.

Was there anger in the disagreement between Paul and Barnabas? We do not know, but I have a feeling there might have been. We do know that being angry is not a sin, but it is how we act or talk while we are angry that can lead to sin.

The Apostle Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christ-follower about anger:

“In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:26-27)

Tomorrow’s devotional shows us what God did about this situation.

Father, when I am having a disagreement with someone, grant me wisdom and strength to handle it with Your grace and not sin. I ask this in Jesus’s Name, amen.