What do you do when it feels like the world is against you? Have you been there? Do you know how it feels to have people talk about you, whisper about you, doubt you, or even openly oppose you? Do you know the sickening pain in your gut that comes with having enemies who are actively tearing you down? How do you process their criticism? How much of that stuff are you supposed to internalize or evaluate or respond to? How can you confidently live as yourself when some think you don’t have it? I love how the Apostle Paul says in Romans 8, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” He says it with so much assurance and force that you would think God being on your side means no one will ever stand against you. The only problem is, the world doesn’t work that way. There are times when people are standing firmly against you and you’ll be tempted to fall prey to their attitudes. Paul isn’t saying that God standing for you means no one else will stand against you. He’s saying that if God is on your side, it doesn’t really matter who stands against you. Jesus stood for the hurting, the oppressed, the broken, the sin-weary, the disenfranchised and the outcast. He took up the cause of those too beaten-down to stand for themselves. He believes in you more than you do and He wants a better life for you than you even want for yourself. Jesus is not only on your side, but He’s the one who wins in the end, which means that when it’s all said and done, His side is the only side that really matters.