Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. John 15:20 New International Version
Two words that are oxy morons: Christian and non-suffering.
Many people today have the false belief that when they give their lives to Christ it will be a cake walk and a bed of roses.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
When you commit your live to Christ you can expect to be persecuted.
Many times the worst persecution will come from your family. They will see the change in you and not like it. They will fight you to walk away from Christ. Most times this will mean you must walk away from family. It will be painful.
The same goes for friends. They will be confused as to why you have changes and will viciously mock you because of the change in your life. It will not be pleasant.
You can expect to be treated like a geek at school and work. You can expect people to go out of their way to make your life miserable.
But take heart. We have a savior who has walked that path before you so will comfort you and encourage you.
For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:5 New International Version
I know, I have been there. I have had to walk away from family and friends and it was very painful.
I have been in jobs where I felt like I was the only person in the world because no one would talk with me because I was not dishonest. When that happens in a bush camp it can be very lonely.
In my agony I cried out to Jehovah and He sent the Holy Spirit who comforted, strengthened and encouraged me.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Yahweh (God of His people) for comforting and encouraging me during my times of persecution for our relationship. I consider it an honor to suffer for Your awesome name. I give thanks in the name of He who suffered all the way to the cross for me Jesus Christ. Amen
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ precious love bless you today and every day.