The Outsider

“My enemies cannot speak a truthful word. Their deepest desire is to destroy others. Their talk is foul, like the stench from an open grave. Their tongues are filled with flattery” (Ps. 5:9)

The most unalluring caveat to ambition and success is the envy of others.

Misery loves company; but it also envies joy. Envy is like a poison which corrodes from within, ruining the container which carries it.

Jesus anticipated this sort of turbulence in the lives of His loved ones because He knew human nature. He knew some people would be skeptical of His claims; He knew some people are inherently rebellious; and He knew that unhappy people with lackluster lives would aim their anger at the genuinely happy.

Jesus offers this advice:

“When people revile you and curse you and say all kinds of evil things about you because of Me, rejoice and be happy, for great is your reward in heaven.” (Matt. 5:11-12)

The hope of heaven is a total game-changer. Knowing that heaven awaits, it is a little easier to tolerate the intolerable; to accept the unacceptable. For the believer knows that the best is yet to come!

Because of this difference, believers are often misunderstood.

What is not understood is often feared.

This fear generally reveals itself in hostility because it is often easier to silence the truth – or try to discredit it – than to accept it.

What is the truth which non-believers try so desperately to disprove?

That only through Jesus can one be saved. Only in Him is there life. (John 14:6)

Take heart!

There is no need to hide your happiness or downplay the delight you receive from the Lord Jesus.

If you please God, it makes no difference whom you displease.

But if you displease God, it does not matter whom you do please.

“Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

Amen!

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