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A Noble ApproachJohn Tilton
"Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men." (Acts 17:11-12)
The definition of the word "noble" is of high moral character and principles. Due to the high moral and character and principles of the Berean Jews, they were more receptive and open to consideration of what was being presented by Paul. Then, as we read, due to their openness and receptivity, they were blessed to gain an understanding and thus believe. I would surmise that their noble character and principles was based on their heart liken those that were prominent Greeks.
I believe that not only does God call us to know Him as our Savior and Lord, but that through the word He teaches and through our life lessons, we grow in character and principles, which give us the ability to approach matters with noble character or receptivity and openness, rather then a closed mind. It comes back to perception of the glass being half full rather then half empty and seeing potential and possibilities rather then pitfalls. When we can be of noble character and principles, God can better manifest His will and miracles in our lives, for He sees the fertile ground for the harvest in many ways. When we are close-minded and stiff, it is hard for the Lord to release the openness and love of Jesus that comes from our hearts.
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me an understanding and another jewel to help and guide me in who you call me to be and what can empower me to grow in your will. Please continue to guide and lead me daily in your way.