As a Christian, it is important to understand the warnings that Jesus gives to his disciples. One such warning concerns the persecution that believers will face because of their faith in him. In fact, Jesus says in John 15:18-19 (NIV), “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
This warning from Jesus may seem daunting and even discouraging at times. However, it is important to remember that as Christians, we are not called to live a comfortable life free from any challenges or oppositions. Instead, we are called to follow Christ and proclaim his message of love and salvation no matter what adversity comes our way.
One way that we can prepare ourselves for the persecution that may come is by studying and meditating on God’s Word. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV), it says “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” By studying God’s Word, we can gain a deeper understanding of our faith and be better equipped to defend it when facing opposition.
Another thing we can do as believers is surround ourselves with other like-minded individuals who share our faith and values. In Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV), it says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” By being part of a community of believers who support each other through difficult times, we can find strength and encouragement to continue living out our faith.
In conclusion, while the warning of persecution may seem daunting, it is important to remember that as Christians, we are called to stand firm in our faith no matter what challenges come our way. By studying God’s Word and being part of a supportive community of believers, we can equip ourselves to face any opposition and remain faithful to Christ’s message of love and salvation.