Controversy #527

19  But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20  “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.” (Acts 5:19–20, NKJV)

Some Christians avoid religious controversy like the plague. While we are to live at peace with others (as much as it depends on us), that does not mean our lives will be without controversy. Faithful Christians do not need to go out looking for controversy; it will come to them. In today’s passage the Lord’s angel told Peter to go preach the gospel in the Jewish temple. That would be a very controversial but necessary move in order to save their souls. Divine truth must still be preached and lived (Mk. 16:15-16). When it is, expect the world’s opposition and the controversy that comes with it. Do not be afraid of men. Great controversy attended the life of Jesus and His apostles. We should expect no less when we follow Him (Jno. 15:18-19). Go and speak the words of life to everyone. How they choose to respond will be upon them, not you.