Don't Let People Block Your Focus

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”- Matthew 5:11-12. Today’s blog entry is titled “Don’t Let People Block Your Focus”…

Throughout the course of our lives, we encounter many different types of people. Some may like us, while others may not. If we receive compliments and recognition from people, we shouldn’t let it cause us to become haughty. And if we encounter people who say negative things about us, we shouldn’t allow it to ruin our day. Regardless of how much people like or dislike us, it’s important for us to remain rooted and grounded in Jesus Christ.

“The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.” – Proverbs 29:25

As Christians, it’s important that we obey God regardless of who doesn’t like it. We shouldn’t allow criticism from others to stop us from doing what God has called us to do. We also shouldn’t allow negativity from others to cause us to respond (to them) in a way that displeases God. We should still show forth love even if they don’t like us. This doesn’t mean that we compromise the truth of God’s Word in order to please others, but rather that we avoid responding in a way that is sinful.  We shouldn’t be overly concerned about every issue, or dislike that someone has about us. We should carry ourselves in a way that represents Jesus Christ, and is a witness to others; and if God sends correction to us through a person about something in our lives that we need to change, we should make the necessary change. By spending alone time with God, we can get an insight of when He’s using a person to show us something about our lives we need to change.

So has we continue to grow in our walk with Jesus Christ, let us continue to speak the truth to others in love. Let us also be mindful of what we are spending our time thinking about, and stay focused on the things that God has called us to do.

“Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.” – 1 Peter 3:16

Leave a comment