There’s one pertinent question almost every believer asks; “why do people hate me so much? Why this hatred and opposition? Honestly, I wish I could answer these questions. But what I know is that, nobody can live a faithful Christian life without experiencing opposition. Never be surprised about opposition; whether it is spiritual, social, academic, economic or relational.
“Do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come to you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you”. (1 Peter 4:12 NIV)
You must understand that, it is what you desire to achieve in life that propels you, not the opposition. In the midst of opposition and trial, betrayal and slander, calm your rage. You can’t respond to “angry people” with anger.
“Have no fear of them or be troubled” ( 1 Peter 3:14)
A constantly outraged Christian is a sorry sight. Many people try to respond to opposition with a blend of fear,anger and hatred. No one has ever won his enemies over with hatred , you win your enemies with grace and truth; and to silence your accusers? “Simply succeed”!!. “You need less reactionary outrage and more courageous love”, otherwise nobody will notice the difference between your opposers and you. David had every right and opportunity to eliminate Saul, but he didn’t. Joseph had every right and opportunity to eliminate his brothers, who did not only hate him, but attempted to kill him and eventually sold him into slavery, but he did not.( Gen 50:20) He showed them love and kindness.
I have learned to bless, even my fiercest critics and opponents, “for that is the main reason I was called”. (1 Peter 3:8-9)
When I lost the elections at the secondary school for post of senior prefect, “so miserably”, and eventually became the dinning hall prefect, I had many privileges. I shared those privileges with all my friends, including those who opposed, criticised or betrayed me. Never see life as “me versus them”, ( opponents) “See life as me versus my purpose, my vision, my dream. Time is limited for you to be responding to everybody who sees things differently from your point of view. Keep trusting God, keeping doing the Kingdom work, keep serving people, even if they don’t appreciate you, keep loving everyone who crosses your path.
Don’t try to silence your accusers, opponents, critics and skeptics with yelling and loud noise, silence them with evidence of your success.
Stay blessed always and remember to love someone and mean it.
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Rev. Prophet Luke Luki Barson is the Senior Pastor at Liberty House Christian Centre at Tema Community 25.
He has studied at the University of Ghana, the Methodist University College and the Christian Service University College.
He is currently a PhD student at the University of South Africa.