Garibaldi and Paul (and me?)


Romans 16:7 (ISV) 7  Greet Andronicus and Junias, my fellow Jews who are in prison with me and are prominent among the apostles. They also were united with Christ before I was.

2 Corinthians 6:5-7 (NLT) 5  We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6  We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us, and by our sincere love. 7  We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense.

I did not agree with Garibaldi's judgment in all things, but I did admire his enthusiasm. I never saw his name in the papers, or in a book, but I read all I could find about him. There was something about him that fired me. I remember reading of the time when he was on the way to Rome in 1867, and when he was cast into prison. I read the letter he sent to his comrades—"If fifty Garibaldis are thrown into prison, let Rome be free!" He did not care for his own comfort, so long as the cause of freedom in Italy was advanced. If we have such a love for our Master and His cause that we are ready to go out and do His work, whatever it may cost us personally, depend upon it the Lord will use us in building up His kingdom.  D. L. Moody (Anecdotes, Incidents and Illustrations)

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