Paul teaches us, “We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.” This is the hope of the Christian. Notice what the verse says, “those who love God;” no one can love God without the Holy Spirit. We are needy people and it is never so clearly seen than in our call to love God. John teaches us that we know we love Him when we keep His commandments.
So, why does God allow conflict in the lives of those who love Him and obey Him? Even Paul and Barnabas had a sharp dispute over John Mark. It was so strong that they separated and went different ways.
- To develop spiritual maturity in our lives.
- To establish a bond of fellowship.
- To provide opportunities to encourage one another. Do a study on the life of Barnabas (son of encouragement). It is interesting to note, as you study through the book of Acts, these four characteristics of Barnabas’ life.
- Barnabas had an infectious spirit
- Barnabas had an unselfish spirit
- Barnabas had a generous spirit
- Barnabas had a magnanimous spirit
(Materials 1-3 and notes on Barnabas are not my ideas. I received them from Dr. James Clark, Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary).