Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Paul's Heart for Israel

July 20

Daily Bible Reading: Acts 21:15 – 40

Verse of the Day: Acts 21:39 – 40 – “But Paul said, I am a Jew, of Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and I beseech thee, give me leave to speak unto the people. And when he had given him leave, Paul, standing on the stairs, beckoned with the hand unto the people; and when there was made a great silence, he spake unto them in the Hebrew language, saying,”

As we read in today’s passage, the city of Jerusalem rose up in an uproar over Paul. They literally started a riot, and it was so bad that the Roman commander brought troops to quell this violent disturbance. The people were beating Paul with the intent to kill him because of his teaching about Christ.

Yet, we see Paul’s heart and compassion for his fellow Israelites. After all they had just done to him, his number one desire was to speak to them about salvation. Could we do the same?

Prayer: Jesus, may I so have Your heart like Paul did, that even when mistreated and attacked I want to see all men come to salvation. Give me Your heart. Amen.

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