For I Know
Have you encountered people who claim to know you and based on the alleged knowledge make all kinds of assumptions and statements about you? Well, then you are in good company.
David obediently accepts to run an errand for his father by taking food to his big brothers in king Saul's army, as the Israelites faced their sworn enemy, the Philistines in battle. He arrives at the battle field and the sight of him kindles anger in his brother Eliab's heart. "When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”" 1 Samuel 17:28
Eliab says HE KNOWS of David's pride and wicked heart. From what we know of David's character up to this point, nothing is farther from the truth. It is obvious that Eliab's outburst is brought on by jealousy and envy of his little brother who no doubt is extraordinary. He kills lions and bears singlehandedly with no special training; he is anointed king over Eliab who looks like a king in every imaginable way.
God had looked at David's heart and approved of it and qualified it as the heart of one deserving to rule his chosen people, yet his brother chooses to spew such venom about David's heart. David is not cowed by Eliab's outburst; he brushes him aside and continues his discourse with the other soldiers.
You may be dealing with a similar situation. People who knew you before you found Christ still trying to define you or identify you by your past. They do not understand the fact that you are a new creation in Christ and the past is gone. People may find it difficult to accept the new you because they knew the old you. Like David, do not let their opinions drag you down and stop you from moving forward, sharing your testimony and living for Christ.
After Saul's (Paul) conversion, he returned to Jerusalem to join the disciples. They were hesitant to receive him because they knew of his persecution of the believers. It took Barnabas taking Paul to see the apostles and sharing his testimony, for him to be accepted into the fold.
So press on in your walk with Christ, live free and true, disregard the opinions, jeerings and sneerings of those who claim to know you. The man or woman they knew died with Christ and a new you birthed in his/her place. Live boldly and loudly for Christ.
Lady Monica ❤