You were not created according to the opinions of others. Therefore, you ought not live by the opinions of others. You were created in the likeness of Christ Jesus. Therefore, you ought to live in the likeness of Christ. Look at the list below, it is not an all inclusive list of Christ-likeness but it paints a good picture. If you embody these things, the inconvenient notions in the court of public opinion will have no impact on your life. It does not matter who likes you and who chooses to walk away from you. The fact that you exist means you have value, and your purpose is valuable to God.
We were all created by Christ and it is in Him that we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:24-28). And all of Christ’s creations have purpose and everything that has a purpose has value. THAT MEANS YOU! You do not exist for the sake of taking up space. Do not be swayed by those who choose to lower their own value by speaking against you. Do not be discouraged by those who choose not to forgive and let you forget. Even the people close to you will not understand the decisions you make with certainty. Do not stop pursuing greatness because of the ignorance, selfishness, childishness, or worldliness of others.
Christ-likeness is unconditional love and forgiveness; endeavor to embody these. Not everyone is going to understand your purpose; which means they will not see your value. We all choose what we think and feel about others; it is not something we ourselves control in others. People are going to insult you, mock you, harbor unforgiveness toward you, and some will even pray against your progress all while claiming to be a child of God… they are not pursuing victory if they do not desire the same for you. You are not bad, unlovely, unworthy, or without hope simply because someone in anger or spite said so. Some people just choose to believe all people should act, think, and look like them; anything less is rejected. Your value is not in their opinion! Words hurt, but that doesn’t mean they are true. If what you are seeing or hearing is not what God says about you, let it go.
The God kind of love considers all things, appreciates differences, does not jump to conclusions, overlooks offenses and is not quick to give up. We all want to walk away from relationships, and other things, when we no longer see its value. That does not mean there is no value, we are just blinded to it as a result of our own conditions, unmet expectations, hurts, temptations, etc. Unfortunately, that is the reality of the deceitfulness of the heart (Jeremiah 17:9 – The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?) . We cannot force anyone to see or appreciate our value. Only God can reveal that.
Your purpose is found in your passions. Embrace your desires and dreams and you will silence the voices of adversity as you add value to your life. The world did not create you, and so the world cannot define you.
Characteristics of Christ-likeness:
Be good, be careful, and be a blessing to someone today!