Farewell To Philippi

The morning after ministering the love of God to the Philippian jailer & his family, Paul & Silas were greeted in their jail cell by Roman officers  They had been sent by the governing Roman officials of Philippi with an order to release Paul & Silas (277).

Perhaps gracefully, Paul replied to the officers, “We are Roman citizens.  We were not found guilty of any crime, yet they whipped us in public & then threw us in jail.  And now they want to send us away secretly?  No, brothers. The governing officials themselves must come here & let us out of this jail.”

Immediately, the officers backed off!  Throughout the Roman empire, citizenship was the special status of a minority of the population.

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It was unheard of for any Roman officer ever to beat a Roman citizen!  So the officers returned & reported this unexpected turn of events to the Roman officials.

When the Roman officials in Philippi heard that Paul & Silas were Roman citizens, they knew they had made a big mistake.  They were very afraid . . .

So, very politely, they went & apologized to Paul & Silas.  Then they led them out of the jail & politely asked them to leave the city.

Paul & Silas left the jail, but the Holy Spirit prompted them to go back to Lydia’s house, where they encouraged the believers.

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Only then did the witnesses for Jesus leave the Macedonian city of Philippi.

God, please help me to love my enemies.

(278) Acts 16:35-40

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