When people think that you are beside yourself

New Testament: Acts 12.15

To read the Bible in a year, read Acts 12 on July 4, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

An angel released Peter from prison and he went to the home of the mother of John Mark, where many brethren were praying, and I have always assumed praying for Peter. He shows up at the door of the gate knocking, but the girl who went to answer heard him calling out, and she recognized his voice, but forgetting to open it for him, she ran back inside the house and told everyone. However, listen to what happened: 

But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”

– Acts 12.15 

First, the people thought that she could not be telling the truth, because they all knew that Peter was in prison, so they did not believe he could be right outside. She did not give up. Therefore, they switched their reasoning when they could tell that someone was truly outside, yet, they still could not believe that it was Peter. 

Evidently, she continued to insist that he was outside, so the rest of the narrative indicates that they investigated her claim. 

When someone thinks you are out of your mind, insist on what you believe is the truth, and show them the evidence and then they will hopefully come to the truth. 


  • Have you been slow to believe someone? 
  • Have people been slow to believe you? 

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