Date: Friday, August 30
Scripture: 1 Peter 2:19-25
Verse: Now, it is commendable if, because of one’s understanding of God, someone should endure pain through suffering unjustly. (1 Peter 2:19)
It is sometimes difficult for us to comprehend how difficult it is to be a Christian in another country. We may sometimes get an awkward look from someone when we talk about Jesus. Others can get arrested. We might complain about our worship services not speaking to us. Others worship knowing the authorities could come in at any minute and arrest the whole congregation. We worry about losing a friend because of our faith, while our counterparts in other nations can lose their lives.
Today’s passage is from one of Peter’s letters to believers who are living in a world that is intolerant of their faith. It doesn’t fit the societal norm. His advice to these believers is to endure. Their pain and suffering is commendable. He reminds them that though they are on the outside of society, they are loved and accepted by Jesus.
Sometimes we can feel shut out, or even shut up. We can feel as though our thoughts are unwelcome and out of step with the rest of society. The good news is what we learn in this passage is still true for us. We must endure and know that God is with us every step of the way.
Prayer: Give me courage, Lord Jesus, to continue to follow you closely even when it is unpopular. Amen.
Action: Pray for Christians in other lands who are persecuted yet continue to follow.
Respond: Have you ever felt shut out because of your faith?
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