Forgiveness When Rejected for Your Faith

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If you are rejected, face hostility, or are even persecuted because of your devotion to Christ, you need to forgive as Christ forgave on the cross.

Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man (Luke 6:22, NIV).

Have you ever felt rejected because of your faith? Has anyone ever avoided you, left you out of the clique, or even rejected you outright just because you are a Christian? No, that’s not paranoia; this happens to every dedicated Christian at one time or another. Jesus wants you to know that when you are rejected by others or shown hostility for your beliefs, you are not the one being rejected. People are hostile at Jesus, not you. They are rejecting Him, not you. Never forget that.

And that is where we need to follow the example of Jesus most of all. When you are rejected due to your devotion to Christ, you need to respond just as Jesus did when He was rejected on the cross. He said, “Father, forgive them. They don’t know what they’re doing” (Luke 23:34).

In your devotion to Christ, if you are rejected, face hostility, or are even persecuted, you need to forgive as Christ forgave on the cross. Because if you want to see something that is unique about Christianity over every other religion, look at Jesus and His spirit on that cross, forgiving those who had rejected Him. Are you willing to follow Jesus if it means facing rejection?

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