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Acts 16:25-34 (NIV)
25 About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26 Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose. 27 The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28 But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!” 29 The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30 He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32 Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33 At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. 34 The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole household.
Paul and Silas are in prison and what do they do? Pray and sing hymns! Then God frees the prisoners and the jailer knows that he is in trouble, so he attempts suicide. But Paul and Silas stop him and give him good news: Jesus loves him and offers him salvation. As disciples God puts us in places to share His grace with others: at work, the grocery store, school, home. Some people even preach the gospel to their doctors while they receive their cancer treatments! Everywhere we go we are disciples of a loving Savior. What is a seemingly unusual place or way that you can share God’s love with others today or this week?