Saul who later was known as Paul, escaped from the Jews in Damascus who wanted to kill him. He came to Jerusalem and tried to join the Believers, but there he faced another kind of persecution.
Acts 9:26 NKJV
“And when Saul had come to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, and did not believe that he was a disciple.”
The Believers in Damascus accepted Saul and encouraged him, and they helped him to escape from the killers.
Acts 9:25 NKJV
“Then the disciples took him by night and let him down through the wall in a large basket.”
Saul probably thought the Believers in Jerusalem would be just as kind and considerate as the Believers in Damascus.
Unfortunately, the Jerusalem Believers didn’t believe Saul’s testimony.
The rejection and betrayal of loved ones can be more damaging than the pure hatred of enemies.
Psalms 55:12 NKJV
“For it is not an enemy who reproaches me; Then I could bear it. Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me; Then I could hide from him.”
The psalmist said he could bear the reproaches of an enemy.
Again the Psalmist said, he could hide from the attacks of haters, but he had no defence against attacks from friends.
Psalms 55:13-14 NKJV
“But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.”
Barnabas helped Saul to overcome the fear and distrust of the brethren in Jerusalem.
Acts 9:27 NKJV
“But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. And he declared to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.”
Paul gained acceptance from the highest levels of the church.
Acts 9:28 NKJV
“So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.”
May you walk in peace with all men especially those of the household of faith. May all your conflicts be quickly resolved in Jesus’s name.