If you tend to catch hate wherever you go-- this post is for you!!
Treat everybody right, show yourself friendly, and do good to all men is the golden rule... but what do you do when this gets you backlash? Have you struggled with feelings of rejection, being accepted, or simply wondered what it was about you that people disliked without reason? Chances are it's the God in you! Jesus was despised and rejected (Isaiah 53:3), and the word says "blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Matthew 5:11).
Growing up, it would happen so many times where I would be hated for simply "showing up"! I would show up in class and one girl mentioned "Look at Risa, she thinks she's all that!"-- yep out loud in the class and for what?! Did I say that or were those her thoughts towards me? People would gossip or tell lies about me before really getting to know me (and even after), and one person said they thought I was stuck up until they got to know me & their perception changed. I could go on, but I know you can definitely relate to this! How did you handle it?
This sort of ill treatment can either strengthen you into loving the woman God created you to be, or break you down & tarnish your self esteem.
Here are more reasons why people may hate you without reason:
They are threatened by your success-- Some people are unable to see beyond their own perspective, so they may not be able to understand your level of success. On the other hand, they may flat out be jealous of your achievements. “Through You, we will push back our enemies, through Your name we trample our foes.” (Psalms 44:5)
Your light shines too brightly-- Once you are a believer, the old ways will pass away & you are made new....It is this newness that is opposed by the world. Don't dim your light for anyone. "...because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me" (1Cor 16:9)
Your purpose is great-- When God gives you an assignment, the enemy will try with all his might to talk you out of it through deception, lies, and spiritual attacks. "the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." (John 10:10)
Always be mindful of your purpose and never lose sight of it to what others have going on. Spreading God's word is not popular. Philippians 1:15 “It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill.” Make sure that you are always working from a place of good intentions and not envy-- sometimes you have to check yourself! If you find that people are not receiving you or supportive of your goals and dreams SHAKE IT OFF & KEEP MOVING! The word says if anyone will not listen to your words, leave that home or town & shake the dust off your feet. (Matt 10:14)
Can you relate to these scenarios?
How do you handle rejection?