Beloved of God,
We live in a a very negative world today where we are either defined by the number of followers we have on social media, how politically correct we are, the number of children we have, the type of work that we do, our religious beliefs, the nation that we are from or how we look and who we associate with people. This fear of criticism has driven many to either commit suicide, become timid, antisocial, live in self defeat, have a low self esteem and withdrawn.
Are you a victim of hate crime? Are been bullied by those who should be cheering you up? Are those who are supposed to love you the ones criticizing you and tearing you down? Are you been told that your best is never enough? Don’t wait for anyone’s approval before you take that next step. Don’t wait for anyone’s approval before you validate yourself. Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll always be criticized anyway.
What is it that you want to do today? Go ahead and do it! There’s enough power in you to bring those glorious dreams to pass. Don’t be bothered about those who criticize you. If they know you they won’t criticize you. So keep proclaiming the Word and declaring your identity in Christ and you’ll be on your way to a fulfilled dream. But remember, you are going to get criticized because of the money that is coming to you. You are going to get criticized for lack of money. You are going to get criticized for daring to be different. You are going to get criticized for your boldness to confront the status quo. You are going to get criticized for living in a big house, driving a luxury car, embarking on that overdue vacation, dating the “wrong” person and for piercing your nose, etc. The bottomline is that you can’t please everybody. So don’t worry when they are not pleased. It’s not you. It’s them.
It doesn’t matter who is talking you down, never criticize a man that you want or desire to be like. ¶¶Romans 15:7 NIV says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God”. You have only two choices, accept people, or reject them. When you realize this, it may change the way you treat people. When you criticize or condemn people, you communicate rejection. Although you may not agree with someone over certain issues, find out on what you can agree with them. Love them and pray for them; don’t criticize and backbite. You don’t have to associate with someone to pray for them. You can avoid them, get the strife out of your life, and still remain in a position to pray for them.
So go ahead today and be you. Go ahead and be original. As you do, stay the course and on purpose. When people judge, criticize, shame or ridicule you in front of others, it isn’t because of anything you’ve done. It’s because they have their own small and selfish needs. Don’t take it personal. Practice Ephesians 4:29 and rest. ¶¶Ephesians 4:29 (BBE) says, “Let no evil talk come out of your mouth, but only what is good for giving necessary teaching, and for grace to those who give ear”. So it doesn’t matter who is against you, God is on your case. ¶¶Psalms 23:5 (CEV) says, “You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch. You honor me as your guest, and you fill my cup until it overflows”.
Today, I pray “that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of” – ¶¶Philippians 1:9-10 (MSG).
As you step out in faith today, may there not be any delay between the Word of God in your mouth and the execution of that word in the earth.
You are loved!