13 From Paphos, Paul and his companions sailed to Perga in Pamphylia, where John left them to return to Jerusalem. 14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down.
The big news on this day of the trip was that John (Mark) left the team. It’s not indicated here but John Mark quit. Later, after this journey had finished, Paul approached Barnabas about going out again. Barnabas agreed and suggested they take John Mark, Paul disagreed. The word Paul uses to describe John Mark’s leaving meant to be “disloyal” and you get a better picture of what happened back in Pamphylia. We all make mistakes along the way, things we would like to do over if we could. In Christ, there is a blessing for those who can learn from their mistakes and for those who will let them. (see 2 Timothy 4:11) (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- Are there any mistakes you need to learn from and whom do you need to forgive for their mistakes committed against you?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for wisdom, healing and peace across your home country.