For the Sake of Unity

20 When they heard this, they praised God. Then they said to Paul: “You see, brother, how many thousands of Jews have believed, and all of them are zealous for the law. 21 They have been informed that you teach all the Jews who live among the Gentiles to turn away from Moses, telling them not to circumcise their children or live according to our customs. 22 What shall we do? They will certainly hear that you have come, 23 so do what we tell you. There are four men with us who have made a vow. 24 Take these men, join in their purification rites and pay their expenses, so that they can have their heads shaved. Then everyone will know there is no truth in these reports about you, but that you yourself are living in obedience to the law. 25 As for the Gentile believers, we have written to them our decision that they should abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality.”

26 The next day Paul took the men and purified himself along with them. Then he went to the temple to give notice of the date when the days of purification would end and the offering would be made for each of them. Acts 21:20-26

The last thing Paul wanted among the Believers was disunity. People were taking a portion of truth and mixing with a larger portion of lies in order to accuse Paul of something that was completely false. Paul could have ignored it and went about his business but he went out of his way to make things right.

We are often faced with “smoothing ruffled feathers” to promote peace and harmony. Often it can come at great expense to us, much as it did for Paul.

The right thing to do is always the right thing to do.

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