The church then had peace throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria, and it became stronger as the believers lived in the fear of the Lord. And with the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, it also grew in numbers. Acts 9:31 NLT’
Paul’s (Saul) life had just been threatened for preaching the gospel. The other believers in the church saved his life by sending him back to his home town in Tarsus. As strange as it seems the church found peace through this event, even becoming stronger and growing.
The church became stronger and experienced peace not because it wasn’t being persecuted, but because of Paul’s bravery and the encouragement of Holy Spirit. The courage of one Christian can ignite passion of the church. The more we stand up for what we believe the more others will do the same.
God, help each one of us stand up for You no matter what the cost. May our boldness encourage the rest of the church to stay strong and depend on the Holy Spirit’s power. Amen.