What I’ve learned is judgement will come from anywhere. Family, friends, people who think they know you, but you just have to stay true to yourself and not let other’s opinions effect seeing yourself the way God called you to see yourself. In the words of my pastor, “If you live for people’s approval you will die over their rejection.” Everyone is different with their own perspective and ideas and not everyone has the same capacity as you. Romans 12:3 says, “For by grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgement, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” It’s our job as Christians to fill ourselves with the word of God so that when lies come our way from people or the enemy we don’t let it effect us because we already know the truth. Some people like to use your mistakes or downfalls against you, but God uses them for you. Romans 8:28 says, “For we know all things work together for the good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” The Bible says “all things” that means the good things and bad things. I feel like we forget that God loves us all equally. It’s not about “fair” it’s about Grace. We all deserve Hell, but God died on the cross while we were yet still sinners so that by His blood we can be redeemed. So when I find that others are talking negatively about me I draw closer to God and His truth. It’s easy to become bitter, but we must realize God is molding our character every day to make us better. People’s judgement shows more about them then it does about us, but how we choose to react to it shows where we are with God as well. 1 Peter 3:9 says, “Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing. That is what God called you to do, and He will bless you for it.” So instead of taking what people say about you to other people take it to God. He knows all things and He will give you the strength and boldness to walk with your head held high. Never stoop down to others levels, but instead rise above and prove yourself with actions and not with words. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by others criticism, trust me it’s a waste of time. Keep your eyes and ears fixed on God. It’s normal to be upset or hurt especially if it’s from someone who you care about, but you can be angry without sin. Have a Holy anger, the type that builds up not an anger that breaks others down. The people who know who you are will never let rumors or negative talk about you effect the way they see you. God will reveal to you who is who. So with this I say walk the path God has laid out for you, be obedient to the Holy Spirit within you, and don’t let man’s opinion hinder your outlook on who God says you are.