Exercising Calm Judgment

Bruce Hoffman

READ : Acts 5:33-39

He wasn’t a Christian and perhaps never became one! In fact, he was a part of those opposed to spreading the gospel. His name is Gamaliel. He was a Pharisee and a member of the council who had ordered the apostles to cease preaching about Jesus. But when the apostles refused to stop their ministry, the scene became a hostile confrontation between the ruling council and the twelve. Injury to Christ’s men or even death was imminent! Enter Gamaliel, a man well respected for his good judgment. God used him to breathe some sanity into an ugly atmosphere. He calmed his colleagues with sobering words and persuasive illustrations. A probable lynching of the apostles was prevented!

The lesson taught by Gamaliel is one we would be wise to learn! At times, Christians react to aggravating situations with anger that does more harm than the initial problem. How important that we handle our differences in ways that are responsible. Martin Luther King was known for his non- violent manner with others who hated him. Proverbs 19:2 offers these words of wisdom: “It is not good to have zeal without knowledge, nor to be hasty and miss the way.” Gamaliel may have had those words in mind when he saw what was about to happen. Apply his approach to your life today!


Lord, give me a calm spirit with sober judgment as I encounter people today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.