27 When the seven days were nearly over, some Jews from the province of Asia saw Paul at the temple. They stirred up the whole crowd and seized him, 28 shouting, “Fellow Israelites, help us! This is the man who teaches everyone everywhere against our people and our law and this place. And besides, he has brought Greeks into the temple and defiled this holy place.” 29 (They had previously seen Trophimus the Ephesian in the city with Paul and assumed that Paul had brought him into the temple.) Acts 21:27-29
What do you do when someone begins to spread lies about you? You can ignore the lies or you can confront the lies. Sometimes you can do both. People make that decision every day.
Sometimes, though, the lies confront you. This is what was happening with Paul. People became afraid of this monster named Paul!
Most of us, however, are better off just ignoring what’s being said. Often the lies being spread reveal the true nature of the gossip. People see through the person.
Ignoring lies that people spread is never easy. Sometimes it’s the best and most difficult course of action.