Jesus told those who followed Him that He would protect, help and never leave them. Jesus said He would help make the load of life easy to carry. Jesus also said not to be surprised that people would oppose them because of their beliefs. Peter was one of Jesus’ disciples and reminded people of challenges Christian may face.
1 Peter 4:12-14
12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
For those reading this blog that live in a country that allows freedom to live as a follower of Christ, let us be thankful for that freedom. Let us use that freedom to openly serve, love, and tell others about Jesus. Let us pray for those who do not have that freedom.
For those reading this blog in countries that do not allow you to live openly as a follower of Jesus Christ, know that your suffering will be replaced with great joy when Christ’s glory is revealed.