CHARACTER STUDY: PAUL 92

KEY SCRIPTURE Acts 24:26. “He hoped also that money should have been given him of Paul, that he might loose him: wherefore he sent for him the oftener, and communed with him.”

Our key scripture said Governor Felix had wanted Paul to give him some bride, so he would have set him free. It seems corruption is not a child of these day but a ‘mother’ who has lived through human history

Bribery is a means where people make payments either in cash or kind in order to influence justice. It has become so normal with our societies that almost all persons are caught up in the web of it. I am informed certain schools charge special fees for the school to buy leaked out examination questions to be given to their students. A driver told me of an event in which a police officer whose wife came to see him at the station, and demanded some money from him. The only way out for this officer was  to go to the road side arrest a few drivers who had broken road regulations to get some bribe from them to be given to the wife.

In certain pastoral circles enquirers have to pay some fees before meeting the man of God for prayers. How do you call this act, since prayers are to be offered free of charge? Dear pastor, you and the man who had to collect some bribe before rendering his services are all in the same waters. Don’t call it emergency, it is bribery. You and the government official who take kickbacks are all corrupting the system. God will judge everyone of us- Job 15:34 ” For the congregation of hypocrites shall be desolate, and fire shall consume the tabernacles of bribery”.

If Paul had succumbed to the bribery demands of Governor Felix and had been set free, he would have walked out of the will of God for his life. He was to preach the gospel in Rome. Many of us have jumped out of God’s plans for our lives because we decided to pay some bribe to make our way out.  The grace of God would not assist lies

CONFESSION

In the name of Jesus, I have received the ability to be truthful to the God and His word. I always live in obedience to God, bringing glory to his name.

FURTHER STUDIES

1 Samuel 12:3. ” Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before his anointed: whose ox have I taken? or whose ass have I taken? or whom have I defrauded? whom have I oppressed? or of whose hand have I received any bribe to blind mine eyes therewith? and I will restore it you”.

Psalms 26:10 ” In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.”

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