Matthew Henry. I often read his writings when I am preparing for Sunday School.
About Acts 6 He opined this: “The preachers were beaten, threatened, and abused, and yet the people received their doctrine, invited, no doubt, thereto by their wonderful patience and cheerfulness under their trials, which convinced men that they were borne up and carried on by a better spirit than their own.“
Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible:Complete and unabridged in one volume (2086). Peabody: Hendrickson.
Immediately I was convicted. “Patience and cheerfulness under their trials” convinced others to believe their doctrine.
Patience and cheerfulness under trial.
Should I, should we, draw from this that our complaining, negative talking, irritated, bellyaching about our trials (or should I say our daily inconveniences in comparison) are leading others to disbelieve our doctrine?
Perhaps we would better serve our fellow man if we chose to either fully identify with JESUS and give Him praise even in our trials; or tell no one that we are Christians.
It’s a bonus day! 🙂