Has someone “unfriended” you on social media? Did it hurt your feelings?
Have you ever “unfriended” someone? Did you feel guilty, like it might hurt their feelings?
I don’t sit around watching my number of followers on Facebook or subscribers by e-mail. But it’s a little hard to completely ignore the notices of “unfollow” and “unsubscribe” when it happens most often on Sunday afternoons.
Please trust me when I say that I don’t take it personally. Especially on Sunday, I know “unfriends” aren’t rejecting me, they’re rejecting my Sunday messages and Who I stand for.
I remember reading in one of the prophetic books last year where God told the prophet that His people weren’t rejecting the prophet…they were rejecting God. I looked for that passage again but couldn’t find it. Basically the same thing is written several times in The New Testament.
We are called to speak the Truth. God can handle the rejection, and we don’t have to.
So, on Sunday afternoons, when my email is hit with a notification or two of those rejecting the Lord, I say a simple prayer for them. And move on.
If any household or town refuses to welcome you or listen to your message,
shake its dust from your feet as you leave. (Matthew 10:14)
As Christians, we’re responsible for sharing God’s love…His Truth.
But if you warn them to repent and they don’t repent,
they will die in their sins,
but you will not be held responsible. (Ezekiel 33:9)
We grieve for those who are lost, and we should do all we can to show them the way to the Lord. But when they reject Him, we should move on to those who are open to the Truth. Fields ahead are ripe for harvest!
So…all that to say that if you’re living a Christ-filled life, don’t take it personally when people “unfriend” you. Jesus, the One Who matters most, is your forever friend!