One of my favorite authors and teachers over the years has been Dr. Chuck Swindoll.
He once said … “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
That statement reminds me of a passage of scripture in Acts 16:25, “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.”
Now keep in mind that Paul and Silas had just delivered a girl from a spirit of divination. As a result of their good deed, the people who had profited from her fortune-telling stirred up a crowd that led to Paul and Silas being beaten. Verse 23 tells us that after having many stripes laid on them they were thrown into prison.
So, what was their reaction? They were praying and singing hymns, wow!
Let me point out three benefits of their reaction.
- God was praised and glorified.
- Their praise and worship led to their being set free from prison.
- Their reaction was a witness to those around them.
So, the next time you are mistreated, react by praising the Lord. I know that is difficult, but praise Him for how He is going to use the situation for your good and His glory.
By doing this, you will be set free from what the enemy intended by the mistreatment.
And finally, always be mindful of the fact that people are observing how you react when you are mistreated and your reaction can either weaken or strengthen your testimony.