5 keys to sorting out arguments
Acts 23:35 “Learning that he was from Cilicia, he said, “I will hear your case when your accusers get here.” Then he ordered that Paul be kept under guard in Herod’s palace.”
The Apostle Paul is standing before the most leading authoritative figure in his life so far. Felix, the Governor, has been handed a letter from Claudius Lysias, the Roman Commander regarding Jewish accusations against Paul, a Roman citizen.
Felix has to decide what to do.
There are times when we have to decide on 2 opposing parties or when someone airs a grievance and wants us to bring a satisfactory judgment for them. Sometimes the accusers just want us to believe them and take everything that is said as true and join their side. Maybe it would be better if we adopted the practice of Felix from this verse:
- Take whatever is presented to you seriously and make at least one early decision to show it. (This whole verse shows Felix being responsible)
- Everyone deserves to be heard fully. (‘I will hear your case’ actually means ‘I will hear you in full’)
- Protect the accused. (Paul was kept under guard for his safety, he was no danger to Felix)
- Keep the accused near you. You will know more about them by keeping them closer than distancing them. (Herod’s palace was now used by Felix and his soldiers as his living quarters)
- Get everyone in the room. (Felix waited for the accusers to arrive)
Perhaps if we followed these 5 practices we would get less situations to sort out or certainly would be more diligent in our judgments.