Shake it Off! ~ Reflections from Acts

Let’s conclude our “Reflections on Acts” with an illustration from the final chapter. Have you been enjoying our Bible study from the Book of Acts? Drop us a comment…👇🏼⠀

In the following passage, Paul deals with a “sudden” attack from a viper as he is shipwrecked on the island of Malta en route to Rome. There are some interesting parallels we can pull from this passage when dealing with slander and false accusations. Let’s read…⠀

“But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself on his hand. When the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they began saying to one another, “Undoubtedly this man is a murderer, and though he has been saved from the sea, justice has not allowed him to live.” However, Paul shook the creature off into the fire and suffered no harm.”

Acts 28:3-6 NASB⠀

A viper attacks suddenly and without warning. This story illustrates what can happen when we are attacked by slander and false accusation. It is lightning fast and can seem to come out of ‘nowhere’. When there is a demonic spirit behind the slander it can be a little shocking.⠀

What else happens when we are accused falsely? People around us will invariably question our character. This can be deeply hurtful as they are judging on outward appearances and the words of others rather than the content of our character. So how do we respond?⠀

Just like Paul, we need to “shake it off”! Allow God to vindicate you. Hand all of the hurt feelings and any resentment to Him and allow Him to turn the situation around. The Lord vindicates us more thoroughly than we do anyway. The promise from this story is that ultimately, this slander will not harm you in any way. The same voices who question your character will see your virtue and the power of the gospel working within you.⠀

The weapon fashioned against you cannot prosper! (Isaiah 54:17 NKJV)

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