“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. “
In Acts 9 we see Barnabas stepping up to be an encouragement to the Apostle Paul at the beginning of his ministry. Let’s face it; Paul did not have a good testimony in the local church up to this point. In fact, Paul himself said that he had persecuted the Church and wasted it (Galatians 1:13). Barnabas could have avoided Paul or kicked him while he was down, but instead, he decided to be an encouragement and help to him. We too have this option when it comes to new believers or even those who have been “in the faith” for quite some time but have fallen back into the “old nature”. We can decide to pile on and discourage them in their walk with the Lord; or we can be like Barnabas and encourage them as we are commanded to do in Galatians 6:1-3.