Paul The Prisoner

The book of the Acts ended with Paul in prison in Rome. Acts 28:16 says that he was permitted to dwell by himself with the soldier who guarded him.
 
He called the leaders of the Jews, and explained why he was there. Verse 20 says, “For this reason therefore I have called for you, to see you and speak with you, because for the hope of Israel I am bound with this chain.”
 
They went to hear him. Note: whatever he said to them, the soldier also heard. Verse 30 says that he dwelt in the rented house for two whole years.
 
Verse 31 says, “Preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus with all confidence, no one forbidding him.”
 
Though Paul was a prisoner, he freely spoke of the Lord at every opportunity. 2 Timothy 2:9 says regarding the gospel, “For which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained.”
 
Remember, Paul encouraged us to imitate him. Though we are not in prison, the whole world is reeling with the impact of COVID19. Ephesians 4:1 says, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called.”
 
We are, in a sense, prisoners as we are sheltering in, but the word IN us in not chained. Let us look for every opportunity to speak of the Lord to others. If you have unsaved family or friends, now is an opportune time to write to them or call, or get on Voom for face to face conversation. Let them know that you are praying for them. Show care and compassion for their lives.

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