And Paul, as his manner was, went in to them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,…
Our outward deportment becomes a matter of habit. When a man has become accustomed to any particular course, he cannot avoid acting upon it. Paul could no more have stayed away from the synagogue than he could have given up his food. So there ought to be a principle, made our own by custom, which shall absolutely lead us in the right way with a force which cannot be resisted. And this fact should especially remind us of the duty which we owe to those whom we have in charge. Habits imbibed in youth may affect the happiness and eternal welfare of the child. Observe the importance of —
I. The habit of PERSONAL DEVOTION.
II. The habit of PRACTICAL ALMSGIVING.
III. The habit of CONTEMPLATIVE OBSERVATION.
IV. The habit of SELF-EXAMINATION.
V. The habit of LOOKING TO THE FUTURE RATHER THAN THE PRESENT — that is, of weighing every circumstance, every event, every trial, every sorrow, every prosperity, in the light of eternity.
Parallel VersesKJV: And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three sabbath days reasoned with them out of the scriptures,