When you are a whole-maker…persecution is inevitable.
(Listen to my song “Take the Road Less Traveled” by clicking HERE)
For your sake I bear insult, shame covers my face. I have become an outcast to my kin, a stranger to my mother’s children. Because zeal for your house consumes me, I am scorned by those who scorn you.
Have you ever been ridiculed for doing the compassionate thing?
When you follow the model Jesus gave us for living our lives…reaching out to the excluded and the poor…working for justice while showing compassion and mercy…you will face insults. You will be scorned.
Sometimes when you follow God’s call to love all people…you are met with derision and rejection from those who define themselves by whom they are against.
Sometimes the worst assault may come from those closest to you who feel uncomfortable about how you’ve changed…when they haven’t.
Jesus felt the same scorn when he returned to Nazareth. He said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and in his own house” (Matthew 13:58).
So if you’ve ever felt this way…you are in good company.
Your persecutors are actually your greatest teachers. They are the hardest to love…and yet that is exactly what you are called to do!
Don’t lose heart!
Follow Jesus and speak the words he inspires…even though it may lead you down a road less traveled.
Live from the reality of oneness that is hidden by the delusion of separateness.
Lives will be changed for the better…including yours.
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Remember…God loves you!