(8-18) Paul and Barnabas at Lystra
When Paul and Barnabas went to Lystra, a crippled man who had never walked before was sitting there and listening as they spoke. He did not say anything, but Paul saw that he had faith to be made well. Do others know we have faith in God only when we talk about it, or is our faith visible through our actions and attitudes even when we are silent?
(19-23) Paul Stoned at Lystra
Paul had just been stoned and left for dead. Barnabas too was facing persecution. Yet, they did not feel sorry for themselves, but encouraged other believers to continue in the faith. They strengthened the souls of fellow Christians, and reminded them that it is only through many tribulations that we enter the kingdom of God. We shouldn’t expect to have a trouble-free Christian life. Christ has already told us that in this world we will have trouble. We can go through all trouble with peace, however, because Christ has already overcome the world.
Favorite verse: (22) Strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.