Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Never Be Embarrassed Standing For the Truth
In review of 1 Peter 4:16 it says, “It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!”
There is no shame in suffering for being a Christian. Thank God for the privilege of being called by his name.
What this means to me:
There is no shame in suffering for being a Christian. Rather I should praise God for the privilege of being called by his name.
I should never be embarrassed for standing of the truth and doing what is right. This verse in 1 Peter 4:16 reminds me, “It is no shame to suffer for being a Christian. Praise God for the privilege of being called by his name!” (NLT)
In retrospect; insults, putdowns, name calling because I make a stand is not going to hurt me. In this life, the one thing I need to understand is that I don’t need other people’s approval in order to be happy.
No matter what I do in life, somebody will not like it. I can’t avoid disapproval. So if I’m going to have people’s disapproval either way, I might as well have their disapproval for doing the right thing rather than the wrong thing.
I’m reminded that if I make other people’s opinion matter more than God’s, I’ll likely crumble when I face opposition or attack because of my faith. But if you focus on God and what I know is right, then I can make a firm stand. 1 Peter 5:9 says, “Stand firm against [Satan], and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.”
Interestingly, just this morning I had the opportunity to practice a bit of this in a brief discussion I had with someone this morning at my local Starbucks. Thank you God for the reminder and the encouragement I received from this verse. I pray that I take this truth and not be afraid or embarrassed to stand for the truth.
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