Living Bible Translation
5 And after the arrival of Silas and Timothy from Macedonia, Paul spent his full time preaching and testifying to the Jews that Jesus is the Messiah. 6 But when the Jews opposed him and blasphemed, hurling abuse at Jesus, Paul shook off the dust from his robe and said, “Your blood be upon your own heads—I am innocent—from now on I will preach to the Gentiles.”
7 After that he stayed with Titus Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next door to the synagogue. 8 However, Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and all his household believed in the Lord and were baptized—as were many others in Corinth.
9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision and told him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t quit! 10 For I am with you and no one can harm you. Many people here in this city belong to me.”
Paul’s life may seem applicable only during the time of his ministry in the first century, but everything Paul stands for—after his conversion—applies to us now in the twenty-first century. When we speak of our faith to others, there are some who are interested in what we have to say. And there are others who become threatening, vicious, and ugly when we speak of our faith.
Just as Paul shows us in this Scripture reading, the latter group of people aren’t worth our time and effort. But we feel called to witness to the former group because we know they want us to share our experience in a transparent way. Our witness is to tell people how God changed us through our love relationship with Him.
So, when our witness is rejected vehemently, just remember that God is with us and He will not allow anyone to hurt us!