Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that both you and everyone here in this audience might become the same as I am, except for these chains.”
Today’s word (Word Of Reflection Daily) begins as Paul, in his defense, speaks to King Agrippa.
In meditating over today’s passage the thought which comes to mind is how graciously Paul responds to the king’s sarcastic remark. How he takes the high road. Rather than arguing and rebutting in a quarrelsome manner, he instead appeals non-abrasively, respectfully, courteously, politely, graciously, personally, sincerely and in an almost intimate way. And thus as a result, King Agrippa, his wife Bernice, Governor Festus and the others talk and agree. Saying among themselves in Verse 31, “…“This man hasn’t done anything to deserve death or imprisonment.””
Hence, my take away today is remembering that a most effective way to diffuse someone’s attack or offensive nature is to resist our first reaction/human nature. Which is to resist the temptation of responding in a like manner. Furthermore, to take the high road. To learn from Paul and do as he does. To appeal on a personal level. Where the other person or others can better relate to our perspective and/or better receive our point of view without argument or quarreling. And for the Kingdom’s sake just maybe win a few more to Christ.