John 17:14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.
The Word of God contains power, the power to transform, the power to convict, the power to change, and the power to bring about anger. Many people will respond to the Word, as we share it, with positivity, but there will always be some shocking reactions. It’s hard to believe that some people will find the gospel offensive. It’s hard to believe sharing of the existence of a loving, caring, compassionate God can bring about a negative response. But in some cases, it can and will. As Christians, we need to see this within the proper perspective. People who are caught up in sin do not like to be reminded of said sin, so they will react. Then there are those who feel as if they should have the right to control their lives and not submit to a Higher authority. Thus they will react. What we need to do is hold firm to our beliefs, remain grounded in our faith, and be certain to walk upon the path that leads to righteousness, not take their reactions and/or actions to heart. For it is not us they are reacting to; it is God.
Lord, help me remain strong in the face of rejection.