2. Pray for those who reject you.
Anyone who does not love Jesus hates Him. [Matthew 12:30]
Some of these people will also hate the believer. Christ encourages us not to respond to rejection with bitterness: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” [Matthew 5:44]
Jesus’ message is attractive, but people lose patience with the church and are angry about what religion has done to societies throughout history. Some religious mistakes and even atrocities have left a bitter legacy. If you are a Bible-believer [Bible] and still wrestle with elements of Scripture, imagine how someone feels who can’t separate Christ from the Christian church.
The former is sinless, perfect, beautiful; the latter is full of people and where there are people, sin follows. We’re a mess. Often, non-believers are rejecting that mess, not Jesus, and not you.