Someone’s rejection of you can make you a “persona non grata,” invisible to anyone who agrees with their opinion of you. But don’t let anyone’s judgments and lies make you a “persona non gratia.” Choosing to live inside grace, despite how hard others may try to push you out of it, keeps you from being drained of peace, joy, and access to the truth of your identity. Offenses will come, but it’s your choice as to how long they stay. Let Jesus’ love for you overwhelm them all.
Trust is relying on others to manage themselves in love, honor, and wisdom.
Forgiveness is for when they fail at it.
Kindness is helping them to recover the ability to manage themselves.
Faith is putting your ultimate hope in God, so you can trust people again without fear.
“But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me” (2 Corinthians 12:9).