Acts 16:1-5 (KJV)
Then came he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his father was a Greek:
Which was well reported of by the brethren that were at Lystra and Iconium.
Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.
And as they went through the cities, they delivered them the decrees for to keep, that were ordained of the apostles and elders which were at Jerusalem.
And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.
We tend to think nothing good can ever come from dissension and disputation but that is not always the case. The United States of America is the result of decades of dissension that led to a revolution that forged in the minds of her founders certain principles that, though not accepted worldwide, have worldwide influence today.
The previous chapter begins with a dispute Paul and Barnabas had with certain men … From Judea and ends with a dispute Paul and Barnabas had with each other. The contention was so sharp that Barnabas and Paul parted ways never, so far as the Bible records, to come together again. However, Paul’s most notable pupil, Timothy, is discovered and recruited in the very next episode of Paul’s life.
Disputation is never pleasant but its results are not always negative.
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Acts 16:1-5 Disagreement Does Not Equal Hatred
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