Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper – March 24, 2022

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THURSDAY, MARCH 24

 

Now Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38 But Paul thought best not to take with them one who had withdrawn from them in Pamphylia and had not gone with them to the work. 39 And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other.

Acts 15:37-39 (NLT)

 


 

WHEN BROTHERS DISAGREE: WE ARE NOT IMMUNE TO CONFLICT

 

A lady was sick, so she went to the doctor. He examined her, did a number of tests and told her the bad news. “I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but I’m afraid you’ve contracted rabies.” The doctor left the room for a minute, and when he returned the woman was busy writing on a piece of paper. He asked, “What are you doing, writing your will?” She said, “No, ’m making a list of all the people I’m going to bite.” (Source Unknown).

 

“John called Mark” had abandoned Paul on a previous missionary journey and Paul didn’t want to take him on this journey. However, Barnabas did want to bring him. This led to “a sharp disagreement.” Warren Wiersbe wrote, “That Barnabas would champion John Mark is certainly no surprise. He and Mark were cousins, and the family ties would be strong. But even more, Barnabas was the kind of man who eagerly tried to help others, which is why the early church named him ‘son of encouragement.” Everyone involved in this conflict was someone who God used to advance His mission, but even these spiritual giants had times of conflict.

 

Reflection

The patience of Barnabas paid off in John Mark’s life. Cole reminded us on Sunday to respond gently and humbly when we deal with people who have failed. Who do you remember dealing with you gently and humbly when you needed it? Have you dealt harshly with others’ failures in the past?

 

Praise/Prayer

Thank God for the people who have modeled gentleness and humility in your life. Ask God to help our church be known as a place that gently restores people who have experienced spiritual failure.

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