19 Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won the crowds over. They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing he was dead. 20 When the disciples surrounded him, he got up and entered the city again. The following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. 21 Paul and Barnabas proclaimed the good news to the people in Derbe and made many disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, where 22 they strengthened the disciples and urged them to remain firm in the faith. They told them, “If we are to enter God’s kingdom, we must pass through many troubles.” 23 They appointed elders for each church. With prayer and fasting, they committed these elders to the Lord, in whom they had placed their trust. 24 After Paul and Barnabas traveled through Pisidia, they came to Pamphylia. 25 They proclaimed the word in Perga, then went down to Attalia. 26 From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been entrusted by God’s grace to the work they had now completed. 27 On their arrival, they gathered the church together and reported everything that God had accomplished through their activity, and how God had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles. 28 They stayed with the disciples a long time. (Acts 14:19-28, CEB)
Have you ever faced a group that didn’t like what you were selling, or talking about? They just said you were wrong and didn’t want to hear your story or information?
I am sure none of us were ever stoned to almost death and dragged out of a city and left for dead. I have felt that way.
We have all probably felt that way. And Paul tells the disciples and us that we need to have faith and preach the message we have been given. In the face of those who do not agree, in the face of those that would stone us. God will be with us and wants us to share the love we have received, even to those who see it as hate.
We will pass through many troubles but God is always with us.