READ : Acts 28:11-15
On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage. (v. 15)
Have you ever wondered how Christians remain encouraged during times of persecution and trial? What helps us to maintain our belief in the good news of Jesus Christ in times of difficulty?
When it comes to difficult times, the apostle Paul experienced more than his share. According to the book of Acts, Paul was seized, beaten, arrested, bound in chains, conspired against, taken away by night, kept in prison for two years, and then put on a ship for Rome. During the journey to Rome he endured a storm so violent that those on board didn’t eat for two weeks, as well as a shipwreck and a poisonous snakebite. Finally he arrived in Rome, where he remained under arrest for two more years.
In the midst of these difficult times, what kept Paul encouraged? In large part, he was encouraged by other believers. When he arrived in Rome, the believers from the city came to greet him right away. We read that, “On seeing them, Paul thanked God and took courage.”
We must never forget the gift that we can be to one another. Fellow believers can encourage us in times of trouble just as they encouraged Paul, and we can likewise be an encouragement to those in need.
We thank you, Lord, for the gift of encouragement that comes through our fellow believers.