Then Agrippa said to Paul, “Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?”
Paul replied, “Short time or long—I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.” Acts 26:28-29
Have you ever wanted to respond back negatively to someone who gave you a sarcastic remark? My first response to Agrippa wouldn’t have been a pleasant one. I would have probably met his sarcastic remark with another sarcastic one of my own. But once again, Paul doesn’t follow the ways of the world. He allows God’s words to flow freely and wants Agrippa to be saved as well. He wants the best for him. He is concerned about Agrippa’s salvation and it shows.
Let’s stop for a minute and think about how we can use these two verses to remind us on a daily basis how we should respond to others. Not only should it be one of our top goals in life to lead others to Christ but also we need to respond with a loving heart toward others. I know, that is a tough thing to do when others hurt our feelings, tear us down, or respond in ways that we didn’t see coming. But we have to stop and remember how God would want us to respond. I know it’s not easy and I know it will take patience and practice, but perhaps we can do this together?
Gracious Lord, give us peace when we want to lash out. Grant us words of wisdom, especially when others hurt our hearts. Help us to pause before we respond. We love you and we thank You. Help us Lord most especially to lead others to You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.