Do you care enough for your friend?
Acts 19: 31 “Even some of the officials of the province, friends of Paul, sent him a message begging him not to venture into the theatre”
Paul clearly wants to intervene. He cannot stand back and allow his travelling companions, Gaius and Aristarchus, take the opposition on their own. He is the leader and he needs to lead. But his team are holding him back. They seem to be carrying a greater wisdom than his desire and passion for the moment.
Luke writes how even people from the wider circle are getting involved. These were probably wealthy business people who had dealings with Paul perhaps through his tent-making business. In any case they classed themselves as a friend of his. “Stay out of the limelight we beg you.” That was the gist of their message.
Do you care enough for your friend? Are you prepared to risk offending your friend by telling them not to do something they wanted to do?
You may risk being told the circumstance has nothing to do with you. It may be obvious that you are sticking your nose in. But many are fallen today on the battlefields of life simply because friends were silent.