Was Paul brave or was he stubborn?
In my mind the answer is yes. He was both brave and stubborn but he had a third quality that was at work here. He was trusting, he trusted God for his life and trusted his life to God.
“10 After we had been there a number of days, a prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. 11 Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.’”
12 When we heard this, we and the people there pleaded with Paul not to go up to Jerusalem. 13 Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”’
Paul went on to Jerusalem. He went to the temple and there was beaten by a mob and arrested by a Roman commander.
We can only imagine what the world and Christianity would be like without Paul, his message to the people then and his message to us now. He wrote most of the New Testament 13 books. Much of that he wrote from prison.
Paul wrote in Romans 8: “28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[i] have been called according to his purpose.”
God can use whatever situation we are in, and wherever we are for the good. Not just for our own good but for the good of the world. Jesus died to save the world, the people of the world. You and me, Us and our neighbors.
Good news. God loves us, died for us, lives again and is waiting to use us to enlarge his kingdom.