I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves. Matthew 10:16 NLT
No one is perfect in this world. However, I believe that there are good-hearted people out there that always try to do what’s right. And many times good-hearted people get the shorter end of the stick, unfortunately.
No matter how good, nice, considerate, etc. you are, there are people that are still going to be mean, who do not like you, who talk about you behind your back, who keep negative energy going, who are jealous of you, who do not understand you, and who won’t be accountable for their actions. Be on guard for these types of people in your life, but do not let those types of people change the good in you!
I believe God has a purpose for everyone and everything He created. Try to be as understanding as possible as God may have a different purpose in mind for someone we see as “bad”. These “bad” people may have been designed to simply teach lessons. I also believe that because we all live our individual lives, we have different perspectives on how we see life. And we need to consider the other perspective before judging or taking someone’s actions too personal (heinous acts are a different story because wrong is just wrong).
Don’t give up on being the good-hearted person you are because the world is evil. Keep improving yourself and being a great example in life, continue to grow in understanding and always do what’s right. This doesn’t mean that you are perfect, but it means that if you screw up, you have to be accountable for your actions, and “right your wrongs”. For example, if you need to apologize for something you know you did wrong, do it now while it’s fresh in your mind. If the other person doesn’t accept it, leave it at that and give them their own time to adjust. You can only do right for yourself! Let other people keep pointing the finger while you work on doing better.
On the other hand, don’t be afraid to be too good-hearted to keep your distance so-called friends and family in your life that cause you to have a not-so-good feeling. As much as you want to see and believe in the good in people, you have to believe people when they show you who they are! Those anxious feelings you get around these kinds of people are not anxiety-related in my opinion; that is simply negative energy you should avoid! Pay close attention to how that anxious feeling you get around people who are bad for your good spirit goes away when you make the choice to distance yourself. I promise that you will stop feeling guilty about having to make those choices that help you set boundaries for yourself!
You may find yourself somewhat isolated when you are so spiritually aware, but it will be okay and best for you. You will start attracting more of what’s right for you, and you will be blessed for your good in various ways. You don’t have to trust me though, just trust in God!
Remember, you’ve been warned and justified by the Word of God!
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT says “Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.”
Hebrews 10:35-36 NLT says “So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.”
Matthew 10:16 NLT says “Look, I am sending you out as sheep among wolves. So be as shrewd as snakes and harmless as doves.”
“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me. They would not be guilty if I had not come and spoken to them. But now they have no excuse for their sin. Anyone who hates me also hates my Father. If I hadn’t done such miraculous signs among them that no one else could do, they would not be guilty. But as it is, they have seen everything I did, yet they still hate me and my Father. This fulfills what is written in their Scriptures: ‘They hated me without cause.’”John 15:18-25 NLT