In Acts 3, Peter and John healed a crippled man in Jesus’ name, and it angered the rulers, elders and teachers of the law. In Acts 4, they are arrested, thrown into prison overnight and brought before this counsel of men the next morning.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
─ Romans 12:18 ESV
The crowd witnessed all that Peter and John had done and said. The overwhelming evidence proved this man’s life was miraculously changed forever because of what Peter and John shared about Jesus. Still, the religious leaders of the day refused to believe Jesus to be the long-awaited Messiah. They closed their minds to the truth and demanded Peter and John not to teach or preach in Jesus’ name.
Choose peace when you can, but always continue to share Christ.
Peter and John knew their priorities and let the men know they would obey God, not them. Our verse today encourages you, as a representative of Jesus, to live peaceably with everyone you can. But sometimes you simply can’t obey both God and man. You must choose Christ.
Don’t become discouraged when others reject you, perhaps even persecute you for sharing the lifesaving message of Christ Jesus. When minds and hearts are closed, no one can persuade them to hear the truth. Continue in your zeal for God; let it bubble over. Be strong and courageous.
Today’s One Thing
Pray for those you know who have closed their hearts and minds to the gospel. Ask God to bring Christ followers across their path to share Christ with them when they are ready.