For those who seek to serve God, unjust criticism is unavoidable and the resulting emotional pain can affect us more deeply than physical pain. How are believers to face this kind of opposition? As Josh Moody reminds us, the answer lies in theology and in applying the biblical truths that we believe. Because Jesus’ redemptive work on our behalf is finished and secure, and because He is interceding for us with the Father, His love keeps us safe from condemnation and frees us to serve Him with joy.
31What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be9 against us? 32He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.10
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