My study notes – TO LIVE IS CHRIST – Chapter 28
ACTS 20: 13-38
They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him
What grieved them most was his statement that he would
never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship.
Acts 20: 37-38
Paul had little time so he left the Ephesians’ elders with the basic necessities
He shared things that were priority to him
1. Paul was personally attentive to them. He poured himself out to them and he was open with them about his past and feelings of unworthiness . They not only saw his humility but they also saw his heart They knew Paul was genuine. He loved them enough to teach them anything and every thing that might benefit them
2 Paul shared with them his chief ambitions. He was determined to be faithful to the tasks that God had given him. He believed and taught that God has specific plans for each believer. Paul told them they must be like shepherds keeping watch over their flocks. We each have a responsibility to keep watch over our own lives and to care deeply for those in our own ‘flock’ An important part of keeping watch of our flocks is to know the word of God.
3 Paul shared his deep affection for them. He was the very one that taught others that ‘Love never fails’ They wept and embraced as Paul bid them farewell.
To extend hands of service without hearts of love is meaningless.
Paul had given them all that he had.
The best kind of goodbyes are the kind with no regrets.
'On Ya' - ma