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Acts 23

Acts 23

“Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, ‘Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.’  And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.” Acts 23:23

There is no doubt Paul was one of the boldest speakers in the early Christian movement. He had committed his life to the cause many years ago and continued to pursue the evangelization of the world with relentless vigor.  

Unfortunately, it’s human nature to avoid hearing the truth. The book of John discloses as to why “men loved darkness rather than light.” It reveals that it was “because their deeds were evil.”

In this case, Paul finds himself unveiling the mysteries of God to people who have no desire to know the truth. In fact, one prominent religious leader demanded for his mouth to be struck.

If you choose to be a faithful messenger of the Holy Spirit, you should expect the world to avoid you. They’ll want you to shut your mouth and do what is necessary to keep you quiet.

Even to this day, I still marvel over the reality that man often chooses to reject God rather than to embrace Him. Unfortunately, the ramifications of such decisions are catastrophic. May God give us the zeal and a burning fire to be faithful with His message knowing we have “the power of God unto salvation to anyone who believes,” even if the world chooses to keep us from proclaiming the Good News.