Key Verse: Verse 11 - “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome.”
Key Words: Be of good cheer
Paul was anything but ordinary. He is the poster child for modern-day missions. He started or played a role in starting dozens of New Testament churches. He was stoned and left for dead, he was beaten and imprisoned, but he never quit. Moments before his death, he said, “The time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Paul was one of the most cheerful people you could have ever known. We see his cheerfulness in Acts 27:22, 25, 36; II Corinthians 9:7; Acts 24:10; and Romans 12:8.
Have you ever given any thought to the fact that a little cheer goes a long way for God? “The Sunday School Times” records the following.
At a mission hall in London a wealthy lady, who was unfortunately deaf, made good use of her riches by providing for the poor some excellent Gospel services. On one occasion a celebrated preacher said to her, "And what part do you take in this noble work?" "Oh," she answered quietly, "I smile them in, and I smile them out again."
Soon after this the preacher saw the good result of her sympathy as a crowd of working men entered the hall looking delighted to get a smile from her. The Bread of Life and the Water of Life cannot be recommended to people by those who look as if that food and drink disagreed with them.
What to do:
✞ Paul is remembered for a number of things and in all of them he was of good cheer. What about you? Don’t be ordinary with gloom and doom, but be extraordinary with good cheer.
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