How does it make you feel when you are reading through scripture and you are able to sense the humanity of the characters in the stories? When you see that no one, even the apostles are perfect? For me, most of the time, it makes me feel like there is hope for me after all! :)
At the end of Acts 15, we see the separation of Paul and Barnabas. They were good friends and had ministered together for a long time until this point. So, what was it that finally caused them to split up and go their separate ways? Let's take a look.
Acts 15:37 And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. 38 But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphyli, and went with them not to work. 39 And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus; 40 and Paul chose Silas, and departed, being recommended by the brethren unto the grace of God.
Whose little ugly head do we see here? Pride. (Pr 13:10) A difference of opinion caused the split up. I for one, don't like to see friendships broken up - I'm not sure who does. So, a lot of things come to mind when I ponder this passage. I wonder how hard it was for Paul to leave his friend, even though he believed he was doing the right thing. I wonder why we don't see mention of any other mutual friends here trying to patch things up.
I guess the lesson to be learned here is that the best any of us on this earth can be is to be human. We make mistakes, some big and some small, but hopefully we can learn from ours as well as other people. Thankfully, as some good came out of Paul & Barnabas' split (more people heard the gospel), we can also be confident that God is in control of our lives as well.