Get in there!
Acts 23: 10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
We cannot make light of this verse and nor would we want to.
It became so violent that it looked like Paul could be torn to pieces, meaning they were trying to grab a part of him.
This life can become very brutal for some.
The abused and rejected, the hurting and the bleeding bodies and hearts are all around us today. Beaten by this life, torn by many enemies, this life dishes out dirt at times and even the threats are real.
A friend told me yesterday of how one of their friends suddenly woke up to an attack of their mind recently and they have subsequently entered a very dark season of their life.
You may be with people today and actually not know that inside their lives are being torn apart. I pray that these people will find a Church today that loves them through the hurt.
For Paul, he didn’t have the Church though no doubt they were praying for him. But he did have the commander who did what at times still needs to be done today. The commander had Paul taken away from the situation. The force was not because of Pauls reluctance but because the people had hold of him intending to pull him apart. Maybe today we need to forcefully remove people from the claws of their enemy to a peaceful place. Maybe some need a holiday, a rest, help, counsel, prayer, healing. Nothing in their world will allow them to do this voluntarily. But you care enough for them to do this. So go in, send the troops in and bring them out whilst you still can.