19 Aug 2021

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Speaking words of encouragement

Acts 20:1-2

1 骚乱平息以后,保罗派人把门徒请了来,劝勉一番,就辞别起行,往马其顿去。2 他走遍那一带地方,用许多话劝勉众人,然后来到希腊。

1 When the uproar had ended, Paul sent for the disciples and, after encouraging them, said goodbye and set out for Macedonia. 2 He travelled through that area, speaking many words of encouragement to the people, and finally arrived in Greece, 




Lessons Learn

Everything written here deserves careful meditation, but it does not need lengthy exposition. The church was evidently kept safe by God’s wonderful power. The church in Ephesus was as yet young and weak. The believers had experienced one sudden commotion and might reasonably have feared that similar storms would recur from time to time.

Although they were very sad to see Paul go, they did not try to stop him, lest they should harm other churches. So we see that they were not self-centered but cared for the kingdom of Christ. We must seek to help one another in this wretched dispersion; but if at any time we lack help, let us not doubt or waver, for we know that God holds the helm of the ship.