Acts 15:39-40New International Version (NIV)
39 They had such a sharp disagreement that they parted company. Barnabas took Mark and sailed for Cyprus, 40 but Paul chose Silas and left, commended by the believers to the grace of the Lord.
Life can be full of detours. Paul and Barnabas, both good men, parted company all because of a young man name John Mark. Obviously, Paul did not want a man who might desert them again as they headed back into the mission field.
Paul was focused and had a cause. He was not going to allow any detours to get in the way. So the men parted company.
All of us can account for relationships with detours. We have them in business, ministry, health, and marriage. They can truly be painful and even cause heartbreak in going through them.
Later in Scripture we find Paul softening his heart toward John Mark. I can only reason that maybe his action was too harsh towards a young man of faith.
What are the detours you are encountering in your faith? Are they breaking you? Are you allowing them to move you? Detours can be a challenge for all of us.
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