Dear friends in Christ,
The phrase "Don't shoot the messenger" was used by Shakespeare first and before then, it was "No one loves the messenger who brings bad news." According to this wisdom, we should be loved by everyone we encounter, since we are the ones who are called to bring the Good News to the world. However, often we are hated and rejected. When we share conventional love through actions like giving and helping, we are often accepted dearly. But if we share love through the message of becoming a heavenly being through the ways of Jesus Christ, we are often misunderstood and judged. I find it very interesting that the Good News can be very bad and ugly news to some. I am pretty sure that much of that is caused by the shortcomings of us who share the Good News. However, often people want to know God and they dearly want God to change the world around them, but they don't want to change themselves. Jesus calls us to change and transform into heavenly beings, and the resistance to change becomes a great hinderance for us. Sometimes it is easier for us to do what we like for many reasons. Nothing wrong with that, if we don't forget the next step. Please pray for us so that we can confidently and continuously proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ.