There will always be people who are jealous of you when you are a leader, whether in a sports team or a Bible study group or a work or school. It is because they cannot think of anything to criticize your teachings and the teaching cut them to the heart about something they are doing that they should not be doing or should be doing that they are not doing so they mock you.
When they cannot think of anything to say constructively many resort to insults and wild accusations rather than admit they are wrong.
Do not be surprised when this happens.
The Scribes and Pharisees did the same thing to Jesus didn’t they?
But when the Pharisees heard this, they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this fellow drives out demons.” Matthew 12:24 New International Version
You will always have the Negative Nellies that no matter what you do it is not good enough. They cannot not think of anything else to say but put downs. Meanwhile, they would not life a finger to help.
On the other hand, there will be people who idolize you. I believe they cannot think of anything else to say because they are lost and lonely and are doing it because they want your affection. Do not allow it to get to your head. Instead direct the praise where it belongs, to Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Please Jesus Pryyand (Jesus my friend) bless me to tune out the destructive voices that impede my obedience to Your instruction and to always be in tune with my best buddies wise advice. As Your friend I ask this in Your most intelligent name. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.