Finding Favor in the Eyes of Outsiders

When Paul traveled to Rome as a prisoner, the centurion in charge of Paul could see the kind of man he was and believed that he was not a threat. Therefore, he gave Paul great liberty and respected him.
The same sort of thing happened to Jeremiah. After the Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, they began to take captives back to Babylon, including Jeremiah. However, the captain of the guard could see the kind of man that Jeremiah was, especially knowing that he had prophesied of the war and the reason for it (Jeremiah 40:1-3). Therefore, the captain of the guard said to Jeremiah, “And now look, I free you this day from the chains that were on your hand. If it seems good to you to come with me to Babylon, come, and I will look after you. But if it seems wrong for you to come with me to Babylon, remain here. See, all the land is before you; wherever it seems good and convenient for you to go, go there” (Jeremiah 40:4).
The captain was eager to show Jeremiah kindness. Therefore, before the preacher could make up his mind, the captain said immediately, “‘Now while Jeremiah had not yet gone back, Nebuzaradan said, ‘Go back to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people. Or go wherever it seems convenient for you to go.’ So the captain of the guard gave him rations and a gift and let him go. Then Jeremiah went to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, to Mizpah, and dwelt with him among the people who were left in the land” (Jeremiah 40:5-6).
Just imitate Christ, as Paul did, or as Jeremiah surely would have, because he was already of that mind, and you shall find favor even from those who do not yet believe as you do.

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