RE Verse reading–Acts 20:17-35 (day three) “I am innocent of the blood of all men, for I did not shrink from declaring to you the whole purpose of God” (vs26-27) As Paul reviewed his life, he was glad for the times he did not back down from telling the truth. It is hard to do. Fear of people’s reaction, avoidance of tension or conflict is enough to silence most of us, most of the time. Two times in this short sermon Paul says, “I did not shrink” (vs 20, 27) which translates a Greek word meaning “to stand down”. One of the signs of Holy Spirit- filling is boldness. (Acts 4:13) The Spirit gives us the courage to tell truth even when it is unwelcome or unpopular. Strange irony. We are most generous when we are least concerned with people’s reaction to our words. We speak the truth in love. (Ephesian 4:15). Our gift to others is to not be afraid of them.