Following on from the previous article: Life’s Lessons -1
Lessons in life abound; there are many tests to follow these lessons, and definitely how we respond determines both our progress and promotion in life. In part two of life’s lessons, you will read about seemingly simple yet profound lessons, which when not understood or appreciated, many end up frustrated in life.
God wants you to fulfill your life’s purpose; His intent for your creation. By His Spirit you can become unstoppable, invisible and indomitable. You can live a life of favour and labour without fear of failure. Learn to trust God’s unconditional love and walk in absolute trust in your heavenly Father. Do not set yourself up for disappointment, by relying on human love and do not try to please everybody, because you will not. This and much more in this part 2 of life’s lessons.
LESSON 3 : No matter how much you try, you will never please everybody
There are always critics and sympathisers. Those for and those against, anyone or any subject of interest. Deriving your affirmation from those who are pleased with you, and rating your disapproval by those who are displeased with you, is a futile exercise on this life’s journey.
It is a waste of time and an inaccurate yardstick of your divine approval. Paul put it succinctly; “For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ,” Galatians 1:10. This does not mean that you live a rude, reckless, I-don’t-care life, but that you seek to please God regardless of who is displeased with you, and that you correct course, when off-course, regardless of who is pleased with you. Seek to live a God-pleasing life that is independent of man’s approval or disapproval; it is more satisfying and ultimately rewarding.
LESSON 4 : Human love is fickle
God’s love is unconditional and abiding, but that cannot be said of human love. Human love is fickle and conditional. It changes with the weather and should not be taken at face value. Jesus teaches us a great lesson after His first miracle; “But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man:for he knew what was in man,”’ John 2:24-25.
The people who sang Jesus’ praises singing hosanna as he entered Jerusalem, few days after shouted crucify him, before Pilate. God’s children have a divine ability to exercise His love, but that is not the case always. On your destiny, do not rely on the love of those who are just being emotional or excited because of the good you have done. And when those who swore their undying love for you turn against you, do not be overly surprised or crushed; human love is fickle.
I have many who even encouraged me to take great ministry decisions that were to alter my direction because of their much love, but later they rose up in great opposition against my destiny. Thanks be to God that by His help, I didn’t make those proposed changes borne out of their ‘love’. As a child of God, let God express His love through you; that means loving with no expectation of a return and getting over betrayal easily to pursue your destiny with a clear conscience.
I always say; ‘you should lay on your bed with no enemy on your mind anywhere in the world.’ There are great, reliable and loyal friends that God puts on our pathway of destiny; they believe in you even when you don’t, they defend you where you are not, and they rejoice in your success always; because their love is tested and proven. There are not fair weather friends, but friends of all season.
I have been abundantly blessed with this kind; it is God’s love expressed through them. Cherish them always. Jesus had them too; “You are those who have stayed with me in my trials, and I assign to you, as my Father assigned to me, a kingdom, that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel,” Luke 22:28-30.
Never forget; ‘GOD LOVES YOU UNCONDITIONALLY!’
~ Robert Ssesanga
Pastor Robert Ssesanga is the founder of Aflame Gospel Ministries a multifaceted Christian ministry and Senior Pastor of Aflame Gospel Assembly in Kampala, Uganda. An author and conference speaker, he travels extensively preaching the gospel with signs, miracles and wonders, as God attests to His word with power. His emphasis on victorious living and enjoying the supernatural life has been instrumental to many lives that have been impacted over the years in many nations. His passion is to demonstrate the gospel and impact generations.