“I cheerfully make my defense …” (v10). Paul stood before the governor Felix, being accused by the prosecutor Tertullus on behalf of the high priest and others. This group claimed that Paul had profaned the Temple and stirred up a riot. Paul defended himself against these false charges without panic or fear, voluntarily confessing that he followed “the Way” and believed in the resurrection. Later, Paul witnessed to the governor about “righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment” (v25).
“I always take pains to have a clear conscience toward both God and man” (v16). When, like Paul, we are at peace with God and others, we meet unexpected challenges without fear. Not even death can separate us from His love.