Daily Devotion Monday, July 29

Monday, July 29, 2013 – Psalm 15; 2 Samuel 2:1-11; Acts 15:36-16:5 and Mark 6:14-29

Acts 15:36-16:5 – 15:36After some days Paul said to Barnabas, “Come, let us return and visit the believers in every city where we proclaimed the word of the Lord and see how they are doing.” 37Barnabas wanted to take with them John called Mark. 38But Paul decided not to take with them one who had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not accompanied them in the work. 39The disagreement became so sharp that they parted company; Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus. 40But Paul chose Silas and set out, the believers commending him to the grace of the Lord. 41He went through Syria and Cilicia, strengthening the churches.

I wonder if Paul and Barnabas ever forgave one another for this disagreement that caused them to part company with one another. Scripture does not record their seeing one another again.

All of us have had very close friends. Many of us have had disagreements with very close friends; maybe the disagreement even caused a rupture in the relationship. Are you still holding a grudge that keeps you apart? Maybe it is time to let bygones be bygones and strive to reestablish a relationship with them. It won’t be the same as it was, maybe it can even be better.

My hope for Paul and Barnabas is that as they heard of the continuing faith of the other, they at least prayed for one another.

We do know that Paul thought highly of Mark (John Mark) over whom he and Barnabas argued, for he is mentioned at the end of three of his letters; 2 Tim 4:11; see also Col 4:10 and Philemon 1:24.

Pray for the one with whom you had a disagreement. Ask God to work on healing your heart and the relationship. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in what you should do. Jesus’ death was for all of our sins and was done that we might be reconciled with God and one another.

O Lord, thanks for sending Jesus so I might be in relationship with you and abide in your presence. Guide me in taking a look at relationships which are broken and bringing your healing touch to them. Thanks for taking the first step, now may I respond with your love, your grace and your peace. Amen.

Psalm 15 – Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
Who may live on your holy mountain?

Only really God’s Son, Jesus Christ and it is he who invites us sinners to abide in him as we trust in him. Then the following verses become things we should do because of what Christ has done for us.

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