The power of love that hurts.
“When it was daylight, the magistrates sent their officers to the jailer with the order: “Release those men.”
Paul and Silas were in prison twice.
They went there the night before after being severely flogged. Thrown into the inner cell, bruised and bleeding, they could have sulked but they praised and pandemonium broke out because God broke in.
The jailer brought them out of the prison into his home and during the night he and his household heard the gospel, were baptised, washed their wounds and gave them a meal.
Before daylight Paul and Silas went back into the prison voluntarily.
They did this to protect the jailer’s life.
Here we see a most amazing fundamental truth of love and friendship.
Love will cause you to willingly be contained so that your friend can be free.
Love is not self-seeking. Love is the cross. Love is painful as it promotes your friend. Love lays down. Love means you go back in to the darkness of the prison and you are fastened into the stocks so that you cannot move and once again there is no hope. Love means you don’t get your dream so that your friend gets theirs. Grief is not only for loss but it is for love.
There is nothing more powerful than this love, a love that hurts the one who loves.