Ridicule

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Don’t allow the pointed or mocking comments and criticism of others intimidate or hinder you from your calling in Christ.  Rather than being afraid of other people or reacting in a wrong manner speak out and declare God’s truth, seeking His approval instead (Lk 12:4,5).

While it is not easy to graciously accept being made fun of, try not to take such comments personally, nor allow your self-esteem to be shaken, for all who ‘live Godly in Christ Jesus’ will be ridiculed and suffer persecution in varying ways and intensity (Act 2:13; 2 Tim 3:12).  When ridiculed follow the example of Jesus by standing firm

Make Jesus your role model for           handling the taunts of others

in your faith, doing what is right regardless of the cost. Don’t be discouraged or put off by the opinions of others, instead unburden your soul to God who judges righteously (Isa 53:3; Mt 27:39-44; Mk 15:16-20,29-32; 1 Pet 2:23). We need to have our minds renewed and focused on Him, His plan, and with His Words fixed in our hearts, looking beyond the scorn to the reward of remaining true to His mission (Deut 11:18; Heb 3:1, 12:2,3). From a natural perspective the Jews were trying to accomplish a huge task, rebuilding the city walls, yet they had caught the vision of what was possible; they were not intimidated by the insults, instead remaining faithfully committed to the task and working with all their might until completion (Neh 4:1-5).

People may laugh at us and our beliefs yet they must take notice of the transformation that Jesus makes in our lives. Let the results speak for themselves. This was the advice Paul gave Timothy, when he said, “Don’t let anyone looked down on you because you are young but set an example…” (1 Tim 4:12).

We should realistically evaluate situations so we don’t bring disgrace to the name of Christ because we try to undertake ‘our’ tasks in our own ability and fail miserably because God was not in them (Lk 14:28-32). In faith and determination we can accomplish great works with God if He has definitely spoken and called us to

Be true to the word of God He                                       has given you

accomplish them (Phil 4:13). The enemy likes to work through people to bring discouragement so we will discontinue and the work of God will come to nothing.

See also: criticism, determined, discouragement, fear (crippling), opposition, reaction, sarcasm.



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