The Kingdom Warriors' Blog

06/01/2016

The enemy’s weapons: Bad reputation

Filed under: Spiritual Warfare School — kellporten @ 14:34

The enemy can use bad reputation, for instance to isolate a person. Let’s take “the man with a legion” as an example. You can read about him in Matt. 8:28-34, Mark 5:1-20, and Luke 8:26-39.

When we read the story of the man with the legion, we probably focus on Jesus delivering him, and that the spirits went into the pigs. However, let’s look at the story from another point of view, namely, that man had a behavior that made people stay away from him.

• The man was homeless and lived among the graves, an unclean place
• He was violent
• He was screaming
• He cut himself with stones
• He was naked

The man’s behavior gave him a bad reputation, and we can be sure that people avoided him. However, when Jesus set him free, he was perfectly normal.

Luke 8:35
Then they went out to see what had happened, and came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind …

As Jesus was leaving, the man wanted to go with Him, but Jesus sent him to his hometown to tell about his liberation. It does not say so, but it is very possible that the man had a calling on his life from the very beginning. He was a citizen before the demons drove him out into the wilderness, and he may actually have been called to witness to the people of the city. By making him behave in a wrong way, the enemy managed to get people to avoid him, and thus the enemy, at least for a time, was able to hinder him serving God.

Of course, there need not be any external causes for someone to get a bad reputation. The enemy can also make use of false accusations, misunderstandings, and more. The plan is to isolate a person, or a church, as much as possible.

How are we to deal with a bad reputation?

If we have got a bad reputation we of course need to consider whether there is any justification in the rumor. If we have done something wrong, we need to correct it. If, on the other hand, the rumors are false, we need to forgive and move on. Paul, who was a victim of bad rumors, decided to serve God faithfully despite the rumors (2 Cor. 6:4, 8).

We can also hear bad rumors about others. The basic principle should be that we should not receive it unless we know with absolute certainty that the rumor is true. And even when a rumor is true, think of the man with the legion and try to look beyond the external behavior. We are not called to criticize and isolate, but we are called to set people free to serve God.

Finally, NEVER spread rumors!

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