Louise Martin - Special Meeting Thoughts - May 10, 2020

Psalms 37:23, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” Recently studying in Acts 11, I noticed verse 24 about Barnabas, “he was a good man and full of Holy Ghost and of faith.” He was sent to a place of disturbance that came about because of Peter obeying God and preaching of Jesus to a Gentile.

Words of Matthew 5, “Blessed are the meek,” to me mean submission and kindness. Acts 4:36-37 tells of him selling land and bringing the money to the apostles to give help to those in need, manifesting a heart for others. He was a peacemaker.

Later in Acts 9:27, bringing Saul to the disciples when they were afraid of Saul, he assured them of Saul’s revelation of Jesus. He then continued with Paul in the ministry, taking John (surnamed Mark) until Mark left them.

In Acts 15:39, contention between Paul and Barnabas moved Paul to take Silas and Barnabas to take Mark.

II Timothy 4:11, Paul asked Mark to be brought “for he was profitable for the ministry.” Seeing such an example of Barnabas as a peacemaker moves us to be willing for God to direct our steps.