This morning we read Paul is lied about, stuck in prison and yet he still continues to share the message of Christ with those around him. Reading this verse strikes a chord. Paul was concerned about his conscience with God FIRST and OTHERS - not himself.
To contrast this, Felix was concerned about himself. He wanted the message of Christ when it was convenient for him. He kept Paul in prison in hopes of receiving bribes. He was also concerned with the favor of people. Felix's literal imprisonment of Paul held captive the message of Christ, because he was driven by fear.
Lord, this morning I pray we see BOTH dynamics. I ask if there are areas where we are driven by fear, concerned only about personal gain, unable to fully receive Your message, or hindering Your message from being lived out fully - You would help us see and move us to turn from it and TOWARDS you.
You, You desire we love YOU with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and love others as ourselves. This is, was and will always be the greatest instruction from You. [Luke 10:27] Lord, in doing so, You are allowed to then love others through us. Help us FULLY EMBRACE this message. Create in us a faith that truly allows You, perfect Love, to cast out all fear for Your glory and the sake of others [1 John 4:8,18]. In Jesus Name we pray amen