Why aren't they nice to me? Why don't they treat me with respect? Why don't they at least treat me normal?
I remember one day arriving late for a small party our division at work was having. I was last to arrive and everyone else was already seated and in conversation. It was immediately obvious that something was off... no one was really speaking to me and those who were, were not being very pleasant.
Later, after it was over one of my friends took me aside and told me. "Before you came in everyone was talking about you and saying what a religious phony you were." Well... that cleared that up. It is difficult to manifest hate and then even pretend to be nice to someone. I understand that. Since that time I have experienced this same scenario many times over. It should not surprise us that those who do not really know God or reject Him, may reject you as well.
Jesus concluded his instructions to the seventy with these words: “Remember this: Whoever listens to your message is actually listening to me. And anyone who rejects you is rejecting me, and not only me but the one who sent me.” (Luke 10:16-18)
Don't be discouraged by this! The Lord redeemed us and He can do it for them as well! Keep lifting them up in prayer and watch as God moves in their lives! Let this be a confirmation that the "salt and light" that you are is working. Keep showing God's love and the power of that love will draw them like a moth to the flame.
Jesus said "If I be lifted up. I will draw all men to myself."
Although it isn't easy to experience these things, particularly the times when family is involved, take your comfort in Him and know that He is with you always.
Continue to let your light shine!
12/19/2021 08:41:24 am
As you explained that story I saw it in my mind and experienced it. IT must have been difficult for you. WE must shine like lights. When times get tough these people will be coming to us for answers
3/5/2022 06:34:56 am
I have experienced this and know I should not back off from being who I am in Christ. God has be en pulling me to come closer to him and I want to because what I am feeling I want so badly. But I think the reason I’m not letting go fully is those around me I’m letting them distract me from doing so. But God is really pulling stronger and stronger and I know that I will let go of that hang up soon because I so want it to.
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Michael Van Vlymen
Michael Van Vlymen is a man who is passionate to teach that all can learn to see in the spirit and walk in the supernatural things of God