(quote) David-1093243 said:
OK last one, but this question has really been on my mind. I think that since I have this new faith, people are kind of jealous of me and want to bring me down.
My priest said at church last Sunday that the opposite of love is envy. I think people are envious of me. They see how happy I am and they want to bring me down. It has only been a short while but I sense that people are looking for a reason not to like me. I am trying not to give them a reason.
Do any of you feel this way?
I do believe that when we are strong in our faith and at peace with ourselves, there is a joy inside us that radiates. People don't get it. How can you be happy? How can you be content? How can you believe that which you cannot see? To be challenged by others that want what you have is a good thing. Our faith should shine forth. It truly is an outward sign of God's love.
I remember talking to my cousin right after my husband's death. She was also a young widow and wanted me to rant and carry on because she still carried all this anger and devastation. When I didn't, but rather replied calmly and knowingly that he had been given new life in Christ, it riled her more. How could I still believe in a God that would leave my children without a father? I came to understand her pain, but never reached the depths of her anger. She had no hope. She didn't believe in anything past the now and that now stunk. I felt bad for her. I worried about her. I prayed for her. I still do.
My advice to you is to keep doing what you're doing. The devil does not want you to be happy in Christ. He wants you to feel devastation, discontent and hatred. Don't let him win.