By: Darrelyn L. TuttToday's Meditation: Acts 16:25-34 (Part 2)"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awakening out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, 'Do thyself no harm; for we are all here.' Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out and said, 'Sirs, what must I do to be saved?' And they said, 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.' And they spoke unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes, and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house."Acts 16:25-34------Ladder Rung: A1625SA and S are the first and last letters of Acts.Selection of words to aid in memory:Aborting Suicide.Paul and Silas, given the open-door opportunity to flee prison and leave the "cell" behind, chose rather, to abort an individual's suicide mission by remaining in it.16:25 is our reference. At 1:00 PM we'll rehearse our passage x6.2 individuals will receive a portion of our good news.At 5:00 PM we'll rehearse our passage once more and it will carry us into our evening powerfully.------There are many things occuring in this passage that speak to humility.The jailor, previously, in the passage had handled Paul and Silas harshly.Consider:"And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely. Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks."Acts 16:23-24The jailor, moving in sync with the evil plot of authority figures, continued a harsh treatment and handling of Paul and Silas. The animosity of ruthless, godless individuals appeared to be "ruling the day" ...but it couldn't rule the heart.Paul and Silas deliver a stirring testimony of true humility:When the tables were turned and opportunity was granted to "assist" in an apparent suicide by one who had determined evil for them and met them roughly, they remained steadfast and fixed on the deliverance and salvation of "that" man.They loved him.Foregoing a quick and easy escape, they submitted themselves to the "higher ruling" of God and remain centered on the Gospel and its life-giving power ...And they offered salvation to the jailor,And he received it.The effects of the "salvation" blaze a trail into the jailor's home and his entire household is saved and baptized.The wounds which had been inflicted by earthly men ... are now cleansed and made right by God fearing men, and the household of God is made larger.------Salvation and love for Christ blaze a trail and make a difference in the altering of lives. Sometimes it is right to remain in the cell.Sometimes it is right to give up our rights.But always it is Christ, who will make things right, in the end.-----You may be afforded an opporunity, in this day, to hurt or refuse one who has hurt and refused you.Pray to God to be infused with a supernatural grace that accommodates the salvation, deliverance, and healing of another.Resist the urge to escape a "difficult cell" and remain there, for the sake of the soul that dealt with you harshly in the cell.The formation of faith is developed and realized in the difficult places and in the harshest of moments:What you do there and who you "become" there will speak a testimony about what God is doing there.Christ will make things right ... in the end.-----Holy Father, To grasp Thy infinite mercy and grace and experience it in a wholeness that extends itself onto others is what I long for.To be defined as one who chose to "remain" instead of escape for the eternal life and preservation of another is what my soul truly desires.To be cleansed of animosity toward brothers and sisters in Christ, and brothers and sisters outside of Christ, who have exposed my soul to hurt and heart-ache untold, is my desire.To love with a free and unconcerned state of my own welfare,To love in a humble and concerned state for the welfare of another,is my hearts growing and true desire.For opportunity to display such love,Let it be put before me.Let Thy love be proved in me,Secured in me,And made sure in me.Amen.
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