I hope that the following will give you some encouragement.
First, no matter what Jesus did, there were always people who complained about him.
Some said that He was ministering in the power of Beelzebub. And some got so angry at Him that they wanted to kill Him. (Matthew 12:24)
And eventually they succeeded in doing so (but of His own free will). So when you get complaints and false accusations, you are sharing in the fellowship of Christ's sufferings:
"I lay down my life for the sheep...that I might take it again." John 10:15-17 "As ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation." 2 Cor. 1:7
Second, some people have a critical spirit. No matter what you do, they will criticize you for it. In such cases, the problem is with them -- not you. There are some people whose nature is to constantly criticize people.
The devil is called "the accuser of the brethren" and look how relentlessly: day and night!
"Now is come salvation...for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." Revelation 12:10
These people are helping the devil do his job. These people have a serious problem, and they need to repent and turn to God and ask Him to set them free from it.
If people don't want to hear what you have to say, they don't have to listen to it. Why do they listen and then complain?
If they really don't like it, then they shouldn't listen. If they keep on listening, and keep on complaining, then to me it looks like they enjoy complaining.
Jude 1:16 says, "These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage."
So according to Jude, there are some people who are characterized by being murmurers and complainers. And they are "walking after their own lusts."
The word "lust" means strong desire. Not just sexual desire, but any kind of desire. Well some people have a lust to complain. They are looking for something to complain about.
They are driven by a desire to murmur and complain. I think that probably accounts for most of the critical, complaining comments that you ever receive from such persons.
Third, with some people, it is just a lack of ability to understand facts and use logical reasoning. Or it's normalcy bias and outright denial.
But I'll bet that the critical spirit, and the desire to complain, account for most of the criticism. Then the rest is done by trolls (demons) who get paid (by their 'employer' the devil) to do it.
Fourth, although there are people who do not appreciate you -- God does. He knows that you are pouring out your heart and your life, trying to make people aware of Christ's love.
So please be encouraged, and don't let 'those guys' wear you down. God loves you, and so do your friends and family.
Thank you for being faithful. You are much needed. May God bless you, encourage you, strengthen you, guide you, comfort you, and give you wisdom in all you do.
"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee...make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace." Numbers 6:24-26
*This post has been adapted from an email alert by Maryanne. The original post can be seen HERE.