There is a familiar saying, “why worry when you can pray?” You know what, that is one of the biggest truth of all time! I have proved it for myself. How about you?
Whatever your answer may be, it is clearly not healthy to take on trivial matters, small minded people and those whose actions are a direct reflection of their negative thinking and the cold heartedness of their heart.
It is not up to us to judge such persons; this according to biblical standards, but the word of God definitely allows us to be judge of their fruits.
“Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruits, so you can identify people by their actions.” ~ Matthew 7:20 NLT
Let me ask you this question, “Have you ever felt persecuted and or victimized but just could not understand what you did wrong to deserve such harsh, hateful treatment?”
Once again, I have.
People who project negativity typically have low self-esteem. They feel badly about themselves, and their negativity is simply a reflection of those feelings.” ~ Hendrie Weisenger
You will be hated because of your values, beliefs and principles.
You will be hated because of your faith or that you are a Christian or profess some other religion. We witness this everyday by the atrocities that are evidently spreading like a cancer in many societies and nations around the world.
You will be hated because of the color of your skin, the way you look, walk and even talk.
You will even be hated just because someone else thinks poorly about themselves and do not hold themselves in high esteem or they consider themselves inadequate when compared to you.
People do hateful and mean things to you or are negative towards you because by this they can create an illusion in their mind about themselves, just so that they can protect and defend themselves.
Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” ~ Dr. Hans Selye
But while it is true that we become products of our thinking, you don’t have to sweat the small stuff when you encounter these situations. These are the things you must practice daily:
- Like Jesus, forgive them in love for they know not what they have really done to you
- Shower them with love even if you feel they are not lovable. There is something beneath their actions.
- Shake off the haters, naysayers and the junk that they try to place on you each day by filling your mind with God’s words.
- Change your own way of thinking
- Hang around people who share your same values, beliefs and principles.
- Pray for everyone, even your enemies
“For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 8:38