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Acts 13 - Friendship

Acts 13 - Friendship

Where would the church be without Paul? But what would Paul have done without Barnabas? Barnabas vouches for Paul and brings him into the fellowship of the Jerusalem church. And in today’s story, Barnabas fetches Paul from Tarsus to Antioch where Paul flourishes. Paul owes much to Barnabas’ friendship. Friendship impacts our lives and Barnabas shows us Christian friendship.First, friends forgive. Their friendship begins with Barnabas forgiving Paul for the execution of Stephen whom Barnabas knew well.Secondly, friends spend time together. Their friendship develop through one year of joint ministry in Antioch. Human relationship is always a physical one. Only physical face to face interaction strengthens our bonds.Thirdly, friends do not envy each other. Early in their mission trip, Paul begins to be the main preacher receiving most of the attention. This does not threaten the friendship because Barnabas is ready to put his friend first because he is always putting God first.Fourthly, f