Winning friends, influencing enemies
Acts 27:1 (NIV)
When it was decided that we would sail for Italy, Paul and some other prisoners were handed over to a centurion named Julius, who belonged to the Imperial Regiment.Acts 27:3 (NIV)
The next day we landed at Sidon; and Julius, in kindness to Paul, allowed him to go to his friends so they might provide for his needs.
Paul's voyage to Rome will be a nail-biting tale told in great detail. In reading these verses you get the idea that Paul had made many friends, even with those who were guarding him in prison. Paul had many enemies, but many were changed by the truth he was speaking and had become dear friends. Paul's ministry was not being hindered by persecution; in fact it was because of the persecution that he was able to reach many others who would not have been reached otherwise. It seems odd but the church has always flourished in persecution and has languished without it.
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