Don't Take It Personal
Matthew 10:11-15 ESV
And whatever town or village you enter, find out who is worthy in it and stay there until you depart. As you enter the house, greet it. And if the house is worthy, let your peace come upon it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it will be more bearable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
As we prepare to move forward into 2018, I want to encourage you to shake off the dust and to not take it personal. So often we are faced with unforgiveness and bitterness when we try our best to love others and to speak the word GOD has placed in our mouths to deliver to them. Yet, it may end in them walking away, becoming angry or just plain choosing to walk in disobedience to GOD knowing full well that the word you delivered to them was indeed of GOD.
It is important that you don't allow their rejection of the word of GOD to settle into your spirit as rejection. It is not you they have rejected, but GOD, HIMself. So give someone the gift of forgiveness today. No matter what they said to you. No matter how harsh their actions have been and no matter what you seemed to have lost in the situation. Hold your head up, dust off your feet and continue to walk in the path that GOD has ordered for you. It is not our responsibility to get anyone to accept GOD's word or the gifts HE sends to them. Our only responsibility is to be obedient to GOD ourselves and to deliver the word.
Remember this also, that everyone does not have the same capacity. Don't become bitter towards someone who could not receive your love and kindness. It is possible they just don't know how to. So instead of becoming bitter and unforgiving. Choose what GOD chose; love. HIS love made HIM come to this earth to die for our sins. We didn't deserve it either, yet HIS love drove HIM to lay still while they drove nails in his hands and feet.
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