All Kinds of Encouragement

35 When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.” 36 The jailer told Paul, “The magistrates have ordered that you and Silas be released. Now you can leave. Go in peace.”

37 But Paul said to the officers: “They beat us publicly without a trial, even though we are Roman citizens, and threw us into prison. And now do they want to get rid of us quietly? No! Let them come themselves and escort us out.”

38 The officers reported this to the magistrates, and when they heard that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, they were alarmed. 39 They came to appease them and escorted them from the prison, requesting them to leave the city. 40 After Paul and Silas came out of the prison, they went to Lydia’s house, where they met with the brothers and sisters and encouraged them. Then they left. Acts 15:35-40

Even though Paul and Silas had been in prison, they seemed to have the upper hand in this scene. This won’t be the last time they use the “Roman citizen” card to full advantage.

Note, though, what they do after being released: they met with fellow Believers to encourage them. Even when they’re being refreshed, they are blessing others. That actually seems to be a recurring principle in the Scriptures.

Today would be a good day to encourage someone you know. Take the time to call or write. Better yet, drop by to visit. Encourage. Encourage. Encourage. All of us need encouragement regularly.

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