“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” John 15:18-20 (NIV)
When you are opposed, it can be challenging to stand strong. We want everyone to like us. Maybe you have been opposed in your family or at work. The discord can break down relationships and productivity. After the dust has settled, it can leave you questioning your values or worth.
Jesus was quite familiar with opposition. For every person who loved Him, there was another person who hated Him. His message of redemption was non-traditional. People who were holding on to the past couldn’t embrace Him. Jesus had a target on His back. And, when we step out to do something great for God, we put a target on our back. You might be the most likable person in the world, but not everyone is going to like you. Not everyone is going to be lining up at your door to support you. When you step outside of the mold of “normal,” it tends to ruffle feathers. When you step out, you have the potential to face ridicule, criticism, and opposition. And when you do, how will you respond? Will you throw in the towel? The enemy would like nothing more than for you to give up. He wants you to let go of the dream God has placed in your heart. Many times, the voice of opposition can break down our resolve. Maybe you have prayed, heard from God, and stepped out. You are wondering if you should give up in light of opposition. Don’t let the opposition from others diminish your resolve to follow God in obedience.
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