Do you know God is pleased with you? Oh yes, 1 Peter 2:19-25 says, "for God is pleased when, conscious of his will, you patiently endure unjust treatment. Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you."
That's right. He's pleased with the fact that you didn't abandon Him when the going got tough. You did just the opposite -- you ran towards Him. You ran into His loving arms. And He is pleased with you for that. Some people are so mad at God that they haven't spoken to Him in a long time. They hold Him responsible that He didn't stop their bad decisions even though He gave them warning after warning. Not you though. Although you may have messed up and messed up royally, God loves the after-fact -- He loves that you changed for the better. You became more humble, you started living your life for Him again and not yourself.
So, although it may seem like you're suffering, because old "friends" don't get you and they left you, that's perfectly ok. God will straighten that all out for His glory and you will be a part of that, don't worry one bit about it. You may be uncomfortable right now for doing well, but God is pleased with you. And that matters more than people being pleased with you, because God's pleasure has power behind it. And since that's the case, that means you are walking in His mighty power.
Continue the walk.
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