Have you ever been accused of offending someone but they can’t seem to tell you exactly why they have become offended? Or have you every been persecuted for your beliefs without provocation or event? Was is someone you loved or trusted? Just as these situations seem to be increasing in popularity around the world, they are well know in the world of Christians.
I encourage you to read Acts 25 in your Bible along with this short study.
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“For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.””
Even though Paul knew that he had done no wrong, nor could anyone find a solid reason to condemn him, the crowd did not stop accusing him. Their slander and lies continued. As believers in Christ Jesus, many of us will someday or have already faced such circumstances as these. Our friends, family or co-workers may turn against us in an attempt to tear us down from the “pedestal” they seem to think we stand on. Though it’s true we stand separate, we do not stand above them. We are called to be servants and show love and mercy to those who would harm us.
“but had some questions against him about their own religion and about a certain Jesus, who had died, whom Paul affirmed to be alive.”
Unfortunately, even believers can turn against each other when they do not know the Bible well. Like the men who came against Paul, a christian who does not read the word of God and know what they believe in, may become confused and easily misguided or deceived.
“But when I found that he had committed nothing deserving of death, and that he himself had appealed to Augustus, I decided to send him.”
Even when the situation is unfair or the charges laid at our feet seem ridiculous, we should continue to stand up for our faith and be examples. This world is easily offended, in a hurry to silence the truth and distract the unprepared.
When the day comes that someone comes against you, will you be ready? Will you be studied and show yourself approved and able to give an answer for your faith? Or will you be easily confused by a slippery tongue and a well disguised lie?
“For it seems to me unreasonable to send a prisoner and not to specify the charges against him.””
The enemy has had plenty of time to put together a plan of attack against us and perfect his techniques over the years. We are unable to fight against him on our own but with God the war is already won. I pray you will stand up strong and stay faithful in God's word fellow believer. Our greatest weapons against the enemy are the Word of God and our faith in Him.
Have a blessed day Little Sparrows