*Be Great in the Midst of Criticism* —
*"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,"*
*(Matthew 5:44, NKJV)*
*"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you."*
*(Matthew 5:44, NKJV)* —
But I say unto you, love your enemies (Matthew 5:44) Friend, the above is a thought, as we believe Apostle Paul may have interpret the words of Christ, (also refer Romans 12:20). Difficult for some to understand, but "if thine enemy hunger, feed him: if he thirst, give him drink" We know that the actions of a man may be hated, and just indignation be expressed against them, and yet his person be loved, tenderness be used to him, and pity shown him: all men, even enemies, are to be loved with a natural love from our God and we know that.
When wicked men curse ue, as Shimei cursed David, do not "render evil for evil, or railing for railing, *but contrariwise, blessing"; give good words, use kind language, mild and soft expressions.* *Friend, if we’re going to pursue greatness, if we’re going to be a great businessperson, a great teacher, a great parent, a great spouse, a great leader, we have to understand that not everyone is going to cheer us on.* I'll love to tell you, that our families, friends and co-workers will celebrate us, but that’s not necessarily true.
Some people simply can’t handle any other persons success. As we grow and increase, as God pours out His favour on us, someone will get jealous.
Friend, someone will start finding fault. Don’t be surprised if a relative or loved one tries to belittle or discredit us.
We can’t focus on making everyone around us happy or we’ll start changing and *lose sight of what God has placed in our heart.* Remember, our destiny is too great to be distracted by people who are never going to affirm us. Don’t take it personally. It’s not about us. It’s their problem. Shake it off, run our race, and be great anyway. *Having greatness in the midst of criticism begins with forgiveness. Don’t hold a grudge. Bless those who curse you; pray for those who