If you have been a true follower of Christ for any period of time, you have dealt with the loss of relationships. Not out of your lack of love, but for the lack of the world’s love for Him. One of the most painful things we go through as true followers of Christ is that hate seems to follow us when we speak the truth in love. You can tell the world of the things God has done, but they come back with louder voices of condemnation. It is painful, isn’t it? Being freed from all the bondage of the world and wanting to share it but being rejected time and time again. Thankfully, we are not alone in this, Jesus understands quite well.
“He testifies to what he has seen and heard, and yet no one accepts his testimony. The one who has accepted his testimony has affirmed that God is true.” -John 3:32-33 CSB
My friend, this is a soul to soul reminder that you are not less than and the devil is trying to shut you up. Why is he trying to shut you up when you share your testimony? Because a testimony is proof that God is willing to do something again. The enemy doesn’t want people free from what harms them. The terrible thing about the satan’s deception is that those who are fooled into falsehood cannot see they are deceived. It is true we can tell people by their fruit. Although I wish we could see past the rotten fruit. The truth is, both you and I would help save everyone if we could.
As I was struggling with my lost loved one’s, explaining my case to those who clearly did not want to believe the truth. My husband spoke up with boldness and conviction. He spoke, “Can you imagine if Jesus never left the place where people never understood him? He would have never left Jerusalem.” This spoke volumes to me. We must not be hung up on people that do not understand the gospel when there is world full of broken people desiring for the Good News. The people who are waiting on you to speak into their life and be that Christ like example are also the lost loved one’s your brother and sister’s in Christ have been praying for to be saved. We must not get hung up on the lost loved one’s who refuse to accept the truth and trust that God is going to send people in their path to love them right out of the darkness.
Love is not keeping quiet about the truth. After all, it is the truth that sets us free. Many people do not like my testimony of being freed from homosexuality and healed from mental illness. Because I no longer side with the kingdom of darkness, I am now known as a hater from a community that claims to speak love for all. In reality, their ‘love’ conditional upon conforming to their beliefs. As I have stepped up in boldness about being set free, there has been a clear separation of those who believe in God’s Word and those who do not.
“But we belong to God, and those who know God listen to us. If they do not belong to God, they do not listen to us. That is how we know if someone has the Spirit of truth or the spirit of deception.” -1 John 4:6 NLT
The beautiful thing about Christianity is that you don’t have to believe what I believe to be loved. We love you despite the cursing and hatred we are shown. Loving people despite what they do is the perfect example we were shown by our heavenly Father. I love the very people who curse me and ridicule me. Even though they claim I hate them, I share my testimony of freedom found in Jesus for the very reason of love. Love shares the truth that sets people free, not leads them into deeper patterns of bondage.
When we are attacked for our beliefs, it is essential we remember who God says we are. That the world hated Jesus first without cause. That the reason we are so deeply hated is not because we are doing something wrong, but because we are destroying the works of the devil. The only thing satan can do is to try to make you think that this fight is against people rather than him. It is unfortunate to have those you love the most tear you down. It hurts to lose friends and even family. Jesus knows how this feels too. There was a point where he asked “Who is my Mother? Who is my brother?” (Matthew 12:46-50). He understood that flesh does not make you family or friends. It is the Spirit behind the person that incorporates the pillar of family.
As you grow closer to God and transform to be more like him, there will be people who betray you and reject you. It is not because you did anything wrong. It is because they listen to the world rather than listening to the voice of the Father. I encourage you not to waver in your faith or the truth that sets people free just because people don’t agree. The truth of the situation is they are just deceived. Sharing the truth in love and people disagreeing is something Jesus went through too. The enemy will use people to accuse you and twist your words in attempt to make you quiet. Because when you are quiet, you are no longer speaking the truth that sets people free. My friend, you are WHO He says you are. Your testimony of God’s love at work in you life is valid and something no one can take away. The devil knows this.
You may lose friends and family because of God’s power at work in your life, but God will send more people in with pure intentions for your valuable heart and soul. God will send people who love you so much that they are unwavering in the truth even when it is hard. Solely because these divine friendships don’t want less for you than what God desires for you. God will send people that are family that you will rejoice with in heaven.
Refuse to be distracted from the deception of others. Refuse to be quiet about what God has done in your life. Refuse to partner with the poisonous words that have been spewed to shut you up. You my friend, are destroying the works of the devil every time you share the truth of God’s Word. There is a great harvest for those who suffer while doing good.
I will leave you with this snippet of a conversation I had with a dear friend of mine. It is not by conforming to the world that we change it. It is by transforming to be more like him. Even though we may be hated, we will change the world one step of obedience at a time!
More Scripture For Study:
- Romans 12:2
- 1 John 3:1-10
- 1 John 4:4-5
- Proverbs 10
- John 8
- 2 Corinthians 6:14-18
My Prayer For You:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold me with a willing Spirit so that I will teach transgressors your way and sinners will return to you.
In Jesus Name, Amen
(Taken from Psalm 51:12-13)