Parting Ways

Sometimes it becomes necessary to part ways with folks. It is very painful to do so. It does not mean that we do not love the person or will stop praying for them, it just means that something they are doing is destroying us, as much as it is destroying them. Let us look at the truth of the Bible as we see an example of folks parting company for a time.

(Acts 15:37) And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark.

(Acts 15:38) But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work.

(Acts 15:39) And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;

(Acts 15:40) And Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.

Is there any doubt there was a problem between Paul and John Mark when we clearly read, “the contention was so sharp between them…?” It was necessary for Paul and John Mark to part company for a time. God had to work in their lives and convict them of this contention that was destroying their relationship; contention that was also going to hinder the cause of Christ. We can never sacrifice the work to which we are called because of personal issues. We have to put our differences aside to further the cause of Christ and sometimes that means we must separate ourselves from another person.

But look what happened later on.

(2 Timothy 4:11) Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.

The time of separation between Paul and Mark was necessary. It took time and prayer to work out the contention that previously existed between these two men. Never allow yourself to believe that a brother or sister in Christ does not love you even when it becomes necessary to go your separate ways for a time. If someone has to separate themselves from you, it should prick your heart as to why it is happening. It should give you pause for concern and deep introspection into your character and behavior.

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