5.16.16 – Acts 11:23-24

We often gain hope by witnessing something to or around us. With all that is taking place in our country it’s hard to imagine returning to the Godly principals that founded this great nation. Things just don’t seem to make sense any more. Yet, hope remains.
Antioch was the third largest city in Rome with about 1/2 million people. It was regarded a highly immoral place. Upon the disciples entering the city and delivering the message of Jesus a great number of people began to believe and the church grew in a place where you would least expect it to. This wasn’t a crusade or an all out Jesus assault. It was a group of men just sharing with people the love of Jesus that had been shared with them.
Hope was present.
I scratch my head every time I see a believer point the finger of damnation. I was on the receiving end of that many times and all it did was drive me further away from wanting to know more about Jesus. If we are to save our world me must love it first. We must exemplify the hope that is Jesus. Ephesians 4:15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,
Can people see the grace of God in you? Or do they hear a lecture on why they need Him along with the legalism that goes with such? Hope has been and always will be a by product of love. Acts 11:23-24 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.