Whether you’re at home, school or work, you are bound to experience a clash in personalities. If this turbulence happens regularly, you may be in need of a buffer. Whether this is a cushion, defense or shield, buffer zones lessen the impact of two stubborn people.
When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple, Acts 9:26.
However, sometimes a buffer can be a moderator, serving as a voice of reason. As the Holy Spirit transformed Saul, who became Paul, the disciples were skeptical, thinking this was merely a ploy to infiltrate the first century church. None of Jesus’ disciples were going to give Paul a second chance until Barnabas intervened.
But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus, Acts 9:27.
If it wasn’t for Barnabas’ relentless efforts, one of the greatest apostles all time never would have been discovered. The buffer zone Barnabas provided insulated Paul from the doubts of Jesus’ disciples. Despite their differences, Paul proved himself to be a worthy servant of Christ. In view of this story, don’t let negative feelings prevent you from giving someone a fresh start. And when necessary, create a buffer zone to guard and protect others from ruining someone’s reputation.
by Jay Mankus