This time is meaningfully characterized by rage and anger. This spirit is powerful, immediate, and myopic. Christians are called to manifest a supernatural forgiveness that overcomes the destructive emotions of the day. If we are anchored to Jesus, then even if we do slip up in this regard we don’t have to become separated from God. Paul’s outburst against the high priest in Jerusalem led to repentance, and the next night while still detained the Lord himself appeared to Paul to strengthen him and to call him to bear witness in Rome. We must not allow our temperaments to close us off from what God would have for us in this generation.

Then Paul, looking earnestly at the council, said, “Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day.” And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! For you sit to judge me according to the law, and do you command me to be struck contrary to the law?” And those who stood by said, “Do you revile God’s high priest?” Then Paul said, “I did not know, brethren, that he was the high priest; for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’ ” … Now when there arose a great dissension, the commander, fearing lest Paul might be pulled to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him by force from among them, and bring him into the barracks. But the following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Be of good cheer, Paul; for as you have testified for Me in Jerusalem, so you must also bear witness at Rome.” Acts 23:1-5,10-11

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