Do We Think We Are Right?
ACTS IN 90 DAYS
A reading for Tuesday, August 11, 2020: Acts 17:10-15.
"These Jews were more receptive than those in Thessalonica, for they welcomed the message very eagerly and examined the scriptures every day to see whether these things were so."
Do we listen to convince or listen to be convinced? Are we just letting someone else talk, waiting for our turn to argue our particular point of view? Or do we approach differences with an open spirit, listening to see what validity the different point of view might have for us?
Often it comes down to one thing. Do we think we are right?
There were two kinds of people listening to Paul, those that were willing to consider his proclamation of Jesus. Then the others, who followed Paul from Thessalonica to oppose him. The latter were convinced they were right and were willing to do whatever necessary to stop him. They were no longer listening.
Yet, Paul was not to be stopped... on to Athens. Thanks be to God!