TO CHEW ON: "If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you." I Peter 4:14
Which of these things has happened to you because you are a Christian?
- called names
- left out
- made fun of
It’s not fun going through things like that. But it shouldn’t surprise us. People in the past were insulted and persecuted because they trusted in God:
"Goliath" - Artist unknown"David" - Artist Unknown
- David’s older brother made fun of him when David came to the battlefield and started asking questions about why no one was challenging Goliath when he insulted God. (1 Samuel 17:28)
- Nehemiah was teased by Sanballat and Tobiah when he began rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem. They made fun of his work, joking, “..if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones.” (Nehemiah 2:19; 4:3).
- Jesus said that his followers would be arrested, persecuted, even killed (John 15:20).
Which statements below are True? Which are False (if you’re not sure, read Luke 21:12-16 and Revelation 2:10)
1. ____ Jesus’ followers will be arrested and in this way have a chance to tell kings and governors about Jesus.
2. ____ Christians should worry about and plan what to say when questioned by those who arrest them.
3. ____ Christians will be betrayed only by strangers, never by family, friends or relatives.
4. ____ Jesus will give a crown of life to those who are faithful to Him through persecution.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, help me to stay Your loyal friend no matter what. Amen
MORE: Have You Been Persecuted?
Write about a time you or someone else was treated badly for believing in Jesus.
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