Sometimes in life, we can be misunderstood for different reasons, but one thing that can be frustrating is when you’re looked at differently because of your faith. Maybe you’ve felt a little upset that people at school or in your circle of friends don’t understand why you go to church or are a believer in Jesus as the Son of God.
One thing you need to remember is that Jesus too was misunderstood greatly. Remember, love never fails, and the Bible says people will know the Lord by your love.
Here are some ways to deal with being misunderstood.
1. When you are misunderstood, remember Jesus was, too. “Truly I tell you,” he continued, “no prophet is accepted in his hometown.” (Luke 4:24)
Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. (1 John 3:13-14)
2. When enemies rise against you, love them anyway. Jesus says to turn the other cheek: “If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us” (2 Timothy 2:12).
Jesus was mocked, ridiculed, questioned and even crucified for being the Son of God and claiming to be the Messiah (even though He really was). People didn’t believe Him yet. Jesus didn’t retaliate with evil, even though He could have called down legions of angels. (Isaiah 53:7)
But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matthew 5:39)
3. Persecution is a part of the Christian faith-walk. The Bible talks about how in the last days people will be persecuted, and some even killed, for their faith. You shouldn’t be surprised when this happens. We need to stand on God’s Word and look up to the Lord our defender.
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10:4)
4. Remember, above all, love never fails. Jesus said the world will know Him by the love we show one another. Sometimes you may want to react to being misunderstood or judged for your faith by retaliating in the flesh, but the Bible says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against a spiritual realm (Ephesians 6).
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. (John 13:35)
5. Be okay with not always being understood. You cannot please people and God. Sometimes you have to give people to Jesus and let the Lord handle them. We can be a light and plant seeds, but not even God forces anyone to believe. Keep praying and showing kindness, and hopefully the seeds will fall on good soil and take root and grow. (Matthew 13).
For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. (Galatians 1:10)
PI Girls, how do you react to being misjudged for your faith? Comment below on how we can pray for you!