When Paul and crew shipwrecked, they washed ashore. Paul helped gather wood for a fire, and a snake latched itself on his hand. The natives of the island thought it was karma, that Paul was a murderer and was being judged. But Paul shook off the snake into the fire and was unharmed — Acts 28:5.
This miracle teaches us what we should do when we are bitten — by disappointments, by hurtful words, by unfair treatment.
Just shake it off.
Don’t let it bother you. Move on, forgive, forget. Don’t let the poison fill your body with death.
Some people take Step Class. Others Step On Others Class.
They adhere to the idea, that to get to the top, they must climb upon others. To feel good about themselves, they must make others feel bad about themselves. This pernicious poison is more pervasive than you might think.
You ought to take a class in loving others. This is what was so revolutionary about Jesus: He practiced love, especially toward the sinner. But the person who held himself in self-proclaimed piety got His wrath.
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