Mad respect for Barnabas

Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus. Acts 15:39

Apparently John Mark messed up badly enough that Paul didn’t want him involved in his ministry anymore, but Barnabas wasn’t ready to write off John Mark. In Paul’s later letters he expresses confidence in John Mark. Where would John Mark have ended up if Barnabas hadn’t left his important work to hang out with him? Restoration sometimes takes an investment that others won’t understand or accept.

Lord, help me encourage and restore those who feel written off.