Don’t Let The Haters Get You Down – October 14, 2016

Romans 12:14, Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

Psalm 37:5, Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

Romans 5:8, But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been in a teaching series at Cottonwood Creek titled ‘Relationship Goals God’s Way.’ The first three weeks focused on three keys to great relationships which are love, humility and forgiveness. If you missed any of those thoughts, you can find them on my daily blog.

The fourth fundamental of ‘Relationships Goals God’s Way’ is the goal of uncommon commitment. In Romans 12, the Apostle Paul gives us five keys to uncommon commitment. So far this week, we have examined the first four keys:

  1. If we want great relationships, we need to be a lover and a hater!
  2. Serve God with passion! The closer we get to God and the more we serve Him, the stronger our relationships will be.
  3. Uncommon commitment never stops believing.
  4. Uncommon commitment requires uncommon generosity.

A final key to uncommon commitment is that uncommon commitment requires uncommon endurance with hard people during hard times. It does not matter how good you are or how nice you are; some people are just not going to like you or be nice to you. That is just a simple life principle. The Apostle Paul said in Romans 12:14, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” That means we must have strength under the pressure of hard people who simply don’t like us or are not kind to us. A couple of years ago, Taylor Swift sang the lyrics, “Hatters Gonna Hate, Hate, Hate,” and the only response is to “Shake It Off, Shake It Off!”

Those are good words; if someone is a hater, just shake it off. Don’t stand and fight with them; instead shake it off. The best way to shake it off is to practice Paul’s words and, “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” So this weekend, don’t let the haters get you down, and whatever you do, don’t be a hater!

Think about that and have a blessed weekend!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D