But other Jews were jealous; so they rounded up some bad characters from the marketplace, formed a mob and started a riot in the city. They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd.
Experience success and there are a few things you can be absolutely certain of…
- There will always be jealous people.
- There will always be “bad characters.”
- They will always connect and there will always be trouble.
Lead a growing ministry and someone will get upset about something. Break tradition to reach a changing culture and someone will be bitter about something. Reach new people and someone will feel jealous about something. It’s just the way things are.
Deal with it. Jesus did…
All the people in the synagogue were furious when they heard this. They got up, drove him out of the town, and took him to the brow of the hill on which the town was built, in order to throw him off the cliff. But he walked right through the crowd and went on his way.
Don’t strike back.
Don’t spread rumors.
Don’t plot revenge.
Just walk the path God has called you to walk.