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If Anyone Suffers as a Christian

February 9, 2018

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If Anyone Suffers as a Christian

There are times  when we are made to suffer  simply because  we are Christian.     It’s nothing new.     The Christians  in the early church  were thrown into prison,  fed to the lions,  beheaded,  killed with the sword,  and tortured  in various ways.

Today in America,  we face mockings,  slander,  loss of job,  lower grades  in higher education,  and rejection by peers.     But,  in other parts of the world,  Christians are still being imprisoned,  tortured,  and murdered.     The apostle Peter did not want us  to be surprised  by this sort  of hatred.     It’s a hatred motivated  only by an intense hatred  for God.     So,  we are only the “middleman”,  who happens  to be handy  for an easy attack.

It does not matter  that our lives  have reflected lovingkindness,  gentleness,  goodness,  high moral standards  and high ethical standards.

Peter tells us  in 1 Peter 4:14-16,

If you are reviled  for the name  of Christ,  you are blessed,  because the Spirit of glory  and of God  rests upon you.

By no means  let any of you suffer  as a murderer,  or thief,  or evildoer,  or a troublesome meddler;  but if anyone suffers  as a Christian,  let him not  feel ashamed,  but in that name  let him glorify God.

If the world can see  that we are a true child  of God,  we don’t have anything  to be ashamed of.     Rather,  we have great reason  to glorify God,  because His grace  and mercy  are evident  in our lives.    It means  we are living as children  of the King  should live.

It is very obvious  to everyone  that we have not been weak  or suckered  into the dregs  of sin,  like the rest  of the world.     The fact  that we have been freed  from the stronghold of sin  shows.     That is a blessing  we need  to hold onto  and praise God for.

Since Judgment Day is coming  with a certainty,  we need  to entrust our souls  to our Lord  and Savior,  so that He will strengthen us  to endure  whatever kinds  of trials  are allowed  to come our way.     As we endure  we will have the blessing  of God abiding  in us  and the promise  of eternal life.     What more could we ask.

As we lean  on our Lord  to sustain us  from day-to-day,  we gratefully say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  You suffered  and died  in innocence  to pay  for all our sins.     As unbelievers revile  and despise us,  let us live  in a way  that glorifies You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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