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devotion by Sis. Bala Samson
Tuesday, Jun 21, 2022


Acts 16:40”They went out of the prison and entered the house of Lydia, and when they saw the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.”

This chapter was like a  soothing balm to me, while I was going through severe challenges in my own life.  I am sure someone out there would be blessed too!  The Bible says: He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” 2 Corinthians 1:4

Paul and Silas were terribly beaten with rods and thrown into the inner prison and their feet were fastened in the stocks.  Midnight they were singing and praising the Lord while the other prisoners were listening. I am sure with that kind of horrendous and ghastly beating, their entire body would have been swollen and bleeding too, but still they managed to worship God.  This is what Paul talks about in Romans 12: 1 - I guess, “present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.”  After all this pain, Paul and Silas  rush straight to the house of Lydia, after they were released, where the new Church were praying for them. Look what they did, the Bible says that “ they encouraged them.” That’s the spirit!  They did not come to share the sob story and beatings that happened inside the prison, they encouraged the believers and departed.  Some of us keep replaying our sad stories to 100 people in vain – no one is bothered to hear it anyway. 

I  watched the interview of a man who spent more than 3 decades in the prison and was released recently, the only source of joy and peace were the visits of his mother to the prison.  Both of them (son and mother) were very keen in not sharing the sad incidents that happened at home or anything negative so that they don’t feel discouraged.  When the son one day said that burnt food were offered in the jail, she stopped asking her son about his food; however, the mother beautifully described incidents that happened on her way to visit her son and thereby they would speak long hours to the surprise of the jail officials.  When people of this secular world without knowledge of Jesus can be so poised and composed, I think we can do better.

After I completed reading chapter 16, I felt tiny compared to the persecutions suffered by Paul and Silas.  I rolled up my sleeves to serve the Lord with zeal despite the enormous hurdles and pain.


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