Acts 11:23 – Grace Motivates Gladness

Context: The church in Jerusalem hears that many people have believed and turned to the Lord in Antioch, so they send Barnabas to them.

Acts 11:23 – “When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose…”

Observations:

  • When he saw the grace of God
    • he was glad (rejoiced)
  • He exhorted (to call or encourage) them all to
    • Remain faithful to the Lord
      • With steadfast purpose (prosthesis – with resolute hearts, NIV – with all their hearts)

Application:  1. I want to look for the grace of God around me and rejoice in it.  2. I want to challenge others to remain faithful to Christ with “steadfast purpose.”

How has grace motivated gladness in your life?

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