It matters what we believe.
Have you heard about “Fake News?” “Fake News” is nothing new. Since the dawn of time, someone has always been trying to get someone else to believe a lie. My kids were experts at this. My daughter manipulated her brothers by telling them, “Mom said.” What they believed changed their behavior and outlook.
Christians are often referred to as “Believers.” What we believe should affect our behavior and outlook too. Consider just one of the beliefs we as Christians should hold true. “God loves me and has a wonderful plan for my life.” (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, John 10:10) As a Christian, we do not have to earn other people’s acceptance, approval, or appreciation. We are not insecure and seeking these things from others. We are already accepted in Christ. “To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.” Ephesians 1:6
This is not to say that it does not hurt when we are criticized and rejected by others, especially those we love and admire, but other people’s opinions do not define who we are. We can remain gracious and understanding because we are safe and secure in the knowledge that God loves us and cares for us. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever. Psalm 125:2
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