It would have been easy for Paul and Silas to run away after the doors to their cells were opened and their chains broken, but they didn't leave. We might wonder, "Why?" Perhaps the Holy Spirit gave them the courage to remain in spite of the dangers. Maybe in their hearts they knew the jailer would be in even greater danger if they left and so they choose to stay for his sake. In this way, they showed compassion and love for someone who was in every sense of the word an "enemy." But Jesus taught his followers to love their enemies and the jailer's conversion shows us why… by loving our enemies, we offer them an opportunity to be converted and saved. If we run away from non-believers or persecutors, we won't have a chance to change their minds.
Are we running away from our enemies or those who might benefit from a show of compassion and love? How can we be there for those in need of conversion? What can we do to change the minds of our enemies so they can come into the light of the faith?
O Lord, help us to be there for others as they walk the road to deeper conversion.