Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Negative Driving Force

Unbelievers who are driven to convince other not to believe often inflect shame on those who do believe.  Peter understands this tactic and writes, "Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf" (1 Peter 5:15).

Jesus saud, "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad:for great is your reward in heaven:for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you" ( Mt 5:11-12).

Christmas family gatherings can be a yearly even where believers and unbelievers run into conflict and persecution for your beliefs may arise.  Paul says, "If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all (Romans 12:18).