1 Peter 2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
I know from personal experience that when people start to criticize you and persecute you because you are a believer, your natural human response is to want to strike back. You want to start dishing out a little criticism of your own. "Maybe if they get a taste of their own medicine, they'll shut their mouths," you think.
But, you know what? They won't. Your words will just add fuel to their fire and they'll criticize you harder and louder than they did before. According to the Word of God, however, there is a way to silence them. Not by arguing with them. Not by defending yourself. But by keeping quiet and continuing to do the good works God has called you to do.
Jesus was highly criticized by the religious establishment of His day. But He never fought back. Instead, Acts 10:38 says He simply went about doing good. When people start riding you about being a believer, be like Jesus and just keep on blessing people. Keep on praying for folks who are oppressed by the devil and get them delivered. Keep on laying hands on the sick and get them healed. Keep on doing what God has called you to do. That will aggravate the devil because his primary purpose is to make you ineffective for the kingdom of God. He wants you to get wrapped up in the criticism. He wants to distract you, to get your mind off the job God has given you. He really wants you to quit. Don't do it! Instead, follow the instructions in 2 Timothy 3:14 and "continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of." Silence the ignorant criticisms of men by continuing to do good and by continuing to live by faith. And when all their foolish words have faded away, you'll still be standing strong.
Confession: I will walk in love. Even though people will hurt me, I will walk in love
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Pastor Larry Smoot is Senior Pastor of Church on the Rock in Stafford County, Virginia.