Paul and Humility

13 But when the Jews in Thessalonica learned that Paul was preaching the word of God at Berea, some of them went there too, agitating the crowds and stirring them up. 14 The believers immediately sent Paul to the coast, but Silas and Timothy stayed at Berea. 15 Those who escorted Paul brought him to Athens and then left with instructions for Silas and Timothy to join him as soon as possible. Acts 17:13-15

Paul normally did not shy away from controversy or opposition. It was those surrounding Paul who feared for his life based on the threats. Paul, to his credit, took their advice and left the city.

There’s no indication that he whined or complained about having to move quickly to another city. He just accepted their counsel and moved on.

From elsewhere in the New Testament, we can tell that Paul was a hard-driven, Type A personality man. He knows what he wants and works tirelessly to get it. But now he had to depend on others. That in itself was no small miracle.

It takes humility and discernment to step back and listen to the advice of all those around you telling you to do something when you think you know otherwise.

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