Overcoming Opposition

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in…But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders… But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’” - Luke 15:28-30

When it comes to turning your life around, you not only have to overcome self-doubt, but you will also have to overcome the opposition of others. If you read Luke 15:25-30, you’ll discover that the young man had a jealous brother who didn’t celebrate his return. You would think that his own family member, his brother, would be excited about his transformation, but he wasn’t.  

You know some people are happiest when things aren’t going well for you. They like when you are broken. They like it when you are down. But when you start getting your life together, then you’ll really see what they think about you. The Prodigal Son had to overcome this kind of opposition.  

Do not let other people prevent you from getting your life together. You cannot preoccupy yourself with the opinions of people who want to limit your potential because of your past. In Luke 15, the Prodigal Son never responds to his brother being upset about his return. He does not put his life on hold because someone else was unable to see past his problems.  

That was not his problem, it was theirs. And it is not your problem how others condemn, it’s theirs. As you change your life and overcome the self-doubt on your way to the life God has called you to live, you will face opposition. But it is just another step to overcome on your journey to living God’s destiny for you. Do not let others hold you back, if they don’t like who you are becoming, it’s their problem, not yours. Concern yourself with God’s will, not others’ wants.
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