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Paul wanted to take him [Timothy] along on the journey, so he circumcised him because of the Jews who lived in that area, for they all knew that his father was a Greek. Acts 16:3

Paul didn’t circumcise Timothy so he would be saved but that rather he would be an effective witness to the Jews. Paul went to great lengths not to offend his hearers unnecessarily and Timothy agreed to make this sacrifice. As we draw on God’s wisdom, we learn to be sensitive to our hearers and know when to break the rules and when to keep them.