Reflective Moment ‘Opinions’


On any subject you can get many opinions, which one is correct, is not necessarily the most popular.  People form opinions, based on many things. In The Book of Acts chapter 28, the Apostle Paul went from murderer to a god in peoples opinions, and both opinions were wrong.

Acts 28: “Safely ashore, we then learned that the island was called Malta. The local people showed us extraordinary kindness, for they lit a fire and took us all in, since rain was falling and it was cold. {So far Good warm-hearted people} As Paul gathered a bundle of brushwood and put it on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened itself to his hand. When the local people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another. {Gossip started}. This man is probably a murderer, and though he  escaped from the sea, Justice does not allow him to live. {Judgement was passed}.

However, Paul shook the creature off into the fire and  suffered no harm. They expect that he would swell up or suddenly drop dead. {Gossip and judgement are no way to form a good opinion}. But after they waited a long time and saw nothing unusual happen to Paul, they changed their minds and said he was a god. {mindset can lead to bad opinions too}.

So if we learn anything from this, Beware of people who change their minds easily. People’s opinions are often temperamental, the best way to deal with these opinions is to ‘shake them off’ like Paul did to the viper. We are to build our lives around what God thinks of us, after all He has plans for us, and plans to give us a future and a hope, and not for our disaster. Jeremiah 29 verse 11.

God Bless.

O F J.

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