Children grow up and they want to be liked…to be accepted…to fit in and belong. When that doesn’t happen, they often wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” Further, they sometimes will change who they are, how they behave, how they talk, how they dress, in order to be liked and accepted by certain people. Are adults much different?
We all want to be accepted. So, when we are not, it’s a hard pill to swallow. But, stop and think. If being a Christian is what is preventing me from being liked by others, is that a bad thing? Do I need to change who I am, how I behave, how I talk or how I dress, in order that certain people will accept me?
The Bible says, “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you” (1 John 3:13). Jesus would have you to “know that it hated Me before it hated you” (John 15:18). The only way to get them to stop hating you is “if you were of the world” (15:19). God forbid that ever happening! May I focus on God’s love (and acceptance) more than the world’s hate (and rejection)!