Words from the Heart for Monday November 18th, 2019
Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!
Acts 28:30-31 (NIV)
The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was adopted in 1982. The Charter is a constitutional document that is the supreme law of Canada. It is the standard by which all federal and provincial laws are measured. Most importantly, it limits the authority of government. It does this by prohibiting the government from enacting laws that violate individual freedoms without justification. Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of the person and the right not to be deprived thereof except in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice.
The book of Acts ends with Paul in Rome. To some, the book seems to end abruptly, leaving Paul in his own rented house and teaching the believers there. It seems to be a time of freedom, both personally and for the preaching of the Gospel. Acts 28:30-31 says, “Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” We know from history that this time of liberty would not last much longer – Nero would put both Paul and Peter to death sometime shortly after the book of Acts concludes. But while it was still day, to use a Biblical analogy, Paul was busy preaching the Gospel and discipling the believers. It is a good lesson for all of us. None of us know how much longer we will enjoy the freedoms we have in this country to share the Gospel with others and teach God’s word. While we still have the liberty to do so, let us be faithful, as Paul was, to share with others the good news of Jesus Christ, and disciple the saints.
These have been words from the heart.