Daily Devotional Acts 14:26-15:2 – Do you choose your battles wisely? – Free online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 578

From there they went by ship to Antioch where they had been given to the Lord for His work. The work of this trip was done. When they got there, they called the church together. They told them everything God had done for them. They told how God had opened the door for the people who were not Jews to have faith. They stayed there with the followers a long time. Some men came down from the country of Judea and started to teach the Christians. They said, “Unless you go through the religious act of becoming a Jew as Moses taught, you cannot be saved from the punishment of sin.” Paul and Barnabas argued with them. Then Paul and Barnabas and some other men were chosen to go up to Jerusalem. They were to talk to the missionaries and church leaders about this teaching.  (Acts 14:26-15:2)

Jesus taught His disciples that God loves us so much He gave his only son to the world to save us. Whoever believes that will have eternal life. There’s nothing in that teaching (John 3:16) that says we must be baptized by water. be circumcised, do good works, or belong to a certain congregation. We are saved by belief because of God’s grace.

Yet throughout history, people make up rules concerning salvation. The first ones came from Judea. Men taught that circumcision and keeping the Ten Commandments were necessary for salvation in Jesus Christ. Was this false teaching a battle worth fighting? Paul and Barnabas thought it was because Psalm 55:22 tells us to cast our cares and anxieties at the feet of the Lord, and His measureless grace will strengthen us. He wants to remove burdens from our shoulders and set us free from distress. (Psalm 81) God doesn’t want us to be miserable, so any rule that causes unnecessary burden is a battle worth fighting.

To keep your burden light, follow the examples of Paul and Barnabas. When you do God’s work, pray, let Him open doors for you, and give Him your troubles. Guide those whom God has given you, especially the children in your life. When you’re finished with His work, go home, have fellowship, and rest. Don’t argue with people’s beliefs unless they’re trying to make salvation through Jesus difficult. Choose your battles carefully. Fight only for God’s love to prevail.

Heavenly Father, I praise you for taking my burdens so I can enjoy life and encourage and love others. Help me change to keep me from arguments that don’t lead others to You. I pray in Jesus’ precious and holy name. Amen.

Daily Devotional Acts 14:26-15:2 – Do you choose your battles wisely? – Free online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 578

6 thoughts on “Daily Devotional Acts 14:26-15:2 – Do you choose your battles wisely? – Free online Bible Study – Commentary in easy English – Day 578

  1. Belief is the only thing necessary to have eternal life, we are promised this. This morning during my quiet time I randomly thought of a friend from middle school. She friended me on FB a couple of years ago. I am thinking this morning, why did I accept her friendship? I ask myself this because she hurt me deeply, by telling me that I would never go to heaven because I wasn’t catholic. It stung me to the core. I thought maybe the FB friendship was her way of saying she was sorry for her hurtful words. I don’t think so because it doesn’t appear that she has changed much from her posts. I know that no Christian religion has a one up over another Christian religion. Even at the time this happened I knew that it was not worth a battle or a fight, she was simply self inflated and incorrect.

    1. That issue itself is one worth fighting for. Christians telling people they won’t go to heaven for whatever reason prevents people from knowing the peace of Jesus. Whether it is worth it on an individual basis is not known until we pray about it. It is unfortunate that people learn this behavior from church leaders and parents. The enemy tells whoever will listen. There’s nothing wrong with quoting John 3:16 and saying, “I miss you. Isn’t it wonderful that since we both believe Jesus is our savior we’ll be together in heaven.” Blessings, Sis. I love you.

  2. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this website before but after browsing through some of the post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back often!

    1. Thank you for your encouragement and coming to my website. Isn’t it wonderful that when we cast our cares on God, He will remove the burden from our shoulders. I prayed for you today and hope you know how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is for you. Blessings, Jody

    1. Thank you for your encouragement and coming to my website. Isn’t it wonderful that when we cast our cares on God, He will remove the burden from our shoulders. I prayed for you today and hope you know how wide and long and high and deep God’s love is for you. Blessings, Jody

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