As Paul is falsely accused before the governor Felix and then given the opportunity to speak for himself, we observe that he chooses some words that are clear, concise and honorably presented to the governor. At the end of his speech it is unmistakably clear that there are no substantive charges against him whatsoever. And yet Paul continues to submit to the authorities and remains in captivity. Our response to this story is to take a challenge from the example of Paul who always, and especially in this situation, was ready to give a clear answer for the hope that he had because of his relationship with Jesus. So we too, as followers of Jesus ought always to be ready to give an answer for the hope that we have and to do it with gentleness and respect for those with whom we speak. Secondly we note Paul's claim to do everything he can to live with a clear conscience before God and man. He lived what he spoke about. He was, or at least sought to be authentic so that his actions matched his words. This does not happen by means of 'trying harder to be a better person' but rather by hearing and applying the words of Jesus who called us to 'love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself'. May it be!
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